Course Overview

Learn about climate science and how to reduce the carbon footprint of creating educational content. After completing the course participants will be eligible for Carbon Literacy certification from the Carbon Literacy Project.

Designed for educational publishers and EdTech providers. This course will not look in depth at manufacturing or distribution.

Key Information

  • Price: £520 + VAT (includes accreditation cost)
  • Duration: 2 half-days
  • Format: 8 hours spread over two half-day sessions. Day one runs from 9.30am – 1.30pm and is in person; day two runs from 9.30am – 1.30pm and is held virtually. Day one and two will be held one week apart.

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  • Tue, 1 October 2024 at 9:30am to Tue, 8 October 2024 at 1:30pm

Anyone involved in creating educational content who wants to deepen their understanding of the climate crisis and apply this to their work. This includes:

  • Heads of publishing
  • Product, marketing, and operations managers
  • members of editorial, digital, content and sales & marketing teams

You will learn specifics about climate science and its impact in the context of the educational publishing and content industry. You will discover how to reduce the carbon footprint of your educational content development and its associated sales, marketing and support operations. 

By the end of this course you will have:

  • Gained an understanding of the basics of climate change and how climate change is affecting us globally and locally
  • Explored the challenges facing the publishing industry, with an emphasis on educational content
  • Created an action plan to help reduce your carbon footprint and take collective action in your workplace
  • Explored strategies for influencing others to take action on climate change and
  • Be enthused and inspired to want to reduce carbon footprints!

After completing the course participants will be able to apply for Carbon Literacy certification from the Carbon Literacy Project. 

This course has been designed by Claire Gilbert, Oriel Square’s Head of People and Operations. Claire has been certified Carbon Literate and has also delivered Carbon Literacy training to teachers, school support staff and pupils in her capacity as Trustee at Climate Ed.

This course has been accredited by the Carbon Literacy Project. Here’s what they said about it:

  • “The course is slick and well-peppered with engaging discussion and relevant activities. The post-course document also sounds like a great resource.”
  • “The course looks and feels … tailored towards the industry you have designed it for. This will help learners feel motivated to act in their workplace, and better-equipped to do so.”

After completing the course participants can apply for Carbon Literacy certification from the Carbon Literacy Project. The accreditation fee is included in the price of the course. 

You will have an engaging in-person and collaborative learning experience, with access to follow-up advice.

The face-to-face session will be held at Oriel Square’s Regency-style office in central Oxford: 29 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2NP

How to find us: We are a ten-minute walk from Oxford train station. The nearest car parks are St Giles, Gloucester Green and Worcester St.

If you have accessibility requirements, please let us know. Please be aware that there are two flights of stairs to access the venue. 

Day one runs from 9.30am – 1.30pm and is in person; day two runs from 9.30am – 1.30pm and is held virtually. Day one and two will be held one week apart; the date you select is for week one of the course.

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“Very accommodating and flexible. John and Sam provided engaging well-run sessions and a great deal of relevant experience.”

Course delegate

“The background in publishing and experience of the education sector, coupled with research expertise, is a big win.”

Head of Insight

“[Oriel Square’s course was] personal, face-to-face and, most importantly, relevant to our business and our needs.”

Course delegate

“You trust and have confidence in their process and expertise; the quality of people being used; the quality of the output; doing things in the right way. As a [content services provider], we’re very confident in their services. … I tend to think of it as somewhere to go when I need help.”

Managing Director of School Qualifications

“Sam is extremely discreet and highly credible – all of my team listened carefully to him as he delivered a workshop. They were respectful of his approach and his experience and fed back very positively on the whole day. Nothing was missing or at all disappointing.”

Course delegate

“Efficient and friendly. Guided our organisation through the process as publishing newbies.”

Senior Education Policy Adviser

The tutor was very straightforward to work with. Came back to and with queries very quickly, which kept the course organisation flowing.”

Course delegate

“[I valued] The opportunity to talk on a one-to-one basis on a specific issue with someone who understands the context in which my organisation is operating.”


“You have to understand the commercial side in education to advise on the policy side because there are so many vested interests. They understand it, because they have a very good client list.”

Head of Education Programme

“We’re a quirky organisation, and not everyone understands [us], and [OS] was really good at understanding us, some of the constraints we have that other organisations don’t.”


“From our experience, they are very good at understanding their customers’ problems, and how to make their lives easier, whether that’s a small editorial project or something on a bigger scale. They have enormous credibility. … When you talk to people in the team, they have that strong publishing and market expertise, so straight away you feel reassured.”

Primary and Secondary Publishing Director

They have a really good understanding of how a publishing company works, probably because they have a lot of people who’ve come from that background.

Primary Publishing Director

“Oriel Square understands the education environment.”

Education Development Director

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