Pupils will be recognised for their efforts to protect the environment in a new Duke of Edinburgh-style award.

It is one of a series of measures aimed at putting climate change at the heart of education.

The plans are being set out by Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

Staff will also be supported to teach children about nature and their impact on the world through a “model science curriculum”, to be in place by 2023.

Climate change is already taught in science and geography lessons in England as part of the curriculum.

Mr Zahawi told BBC Breakfast the model science curriculum would “support and enrich” the teaching of climate change for primary school pupils.

The education secretary – who is also the climate change minister for his department – said the “education and empowerment of youth” was important and education ministers from other countries are coming together at COP26 on Friday to learn from each other.

The Climate Leaders award will help children to develop their skills and knowledge in biodiversity and sustainability, with their work recognised at an annual national awards ceremony.

Pupils will be able to progress through different levels of the award – bronze, silver and gold – in a similar way to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which includes volunteering and extracurricular activities.

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