Since 2010, NUS has researched the expectations and experiences of students in higher education in relation to sustainability, and in 2016 we extended the research to also gather the views of students in further education. For the first time in 2018, we surveyed students in primary and secondary schools in England, in partnership with Green Schools Project. In December 2018, 2990 pupils across England in year 5 and 6 in primary school and across all years in secondary and sixth form college level completed an online survey on their views on environmental sustainability. The pupils study at a range of different types of education institution, including state and private schools, academy and non-academy. The data has been weighted to represent statistics available from the Department for Education on the proportion of state and private pupils, and also within state schools, the proportion of academy and non-academy. Overall figures have been used, rather than those specific to the level of education. Data has not been weighted by gender or ethnicity as data at the required level of detail is not publicly available. It's worth noting that it is likely that those schools that did respond are those at the more engaged end of the spectrum when it comes to environmental sustainability, often with specific staff members with a responsibility for the issue within the school or college who were able to drive participation in the research within the school.
Our findings include:
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