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Exam for life

Research for the family activity app Hoop in August 2019 revealed that under a quarter of children between the ages of five and 15 can name a robin or a badger, less than half can identify a stinging nettle and a whopping 82 per cent failed to recognise a bumblebee.

This lack of engagement with the natural world is not only a tragedy for the children, who are missing out on fascination and wonder, but it also points to a deep failure in our education system. For this reason, I have lobbied for more than a decade for a qualification in natural history.

It’s possible to go through school, taking biology at GCSE and A level, and barely go outside.

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