The Eco-Schools programme is currently the largest sustainable schools programme in the world and makes tackling sustainable issues manageable and easy for all schools.
To become an Eco-School your school needs to follow the Seven Steps to ensure that Eco-Schools is pupil-led, involves hands-on, real-world learning and gets the whole school and the wider community involved. Schools need to form an Eco-Committee of pupils from every age group who then work together to conduct an Environmental Review of the school.
From this review they form an Action Plan for the school to cover three Eco-Schools topics, and then monitor and assess the results of their actions. You need to make sure the eco-work is linked to the curriculum and the whole school and the wider community is informed and involved. Lastly, the Eco-Committee involves the whole school in creating an Eco-Code and makes sure everyone knows about it and it is up in every classroom. The topics you can choose to work on include Waste, Litter, Water, Biodiversity, Energy, Global Citizenship, Healthy Living, School Grounds and Transport.
There are three awards that your school can work towards; Bronze, Silver and Green Flag. The Green Flag award is renewed every two years. For more information on Eco-Schools click here
Eco-Schools in East London
Congratulations to the following schools for being a Green Flag School!
Barking & Dagenham:
Valence Primary School – Green Flag since 2014
St Ursula’s Junior School – Green Flag since 2014
To find out how our Education Officer can support you with your Eco-Schools work, please contact:
RecycleFYC@keepbritaintidy.org or ring 07891 815 068
Sign up to our termly e-zine to stay in the loop and find out when the next East London Eco-Schools Teacher Network Meeting is happening.