BRITAIN’S FIRST state-aided Academy School specialising in green issues has opened in Liverpool. The St Francis of Assisi Academy has a unique focus on environmental issues – and is taking environmentalism to some of the country’s most disadvantaged children.

All seven classes for eleven- and twelve-year-olds have their own garden attached, and each class is given £1,000 to design and cultivate theirs. Pupils are encouraged to get their hands dirty understanding the soil and the way it works, and this understanding percolates throughout the curriculum.

In maths classes, for instance, children ...


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