How to become and Eco-School
Andrew Suter
Education Projects Manager
ENCAMS
• Founded in 1954 by the Women’s Institute
who ran the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign
• Receive core grant from Defra and additional
funding through other projects and funding
streams
• Work closely with other government
departments such as Home Office, DCLG
(formerly the ODPM)
ENCAMS
• Carry out Local Environmental Quality Surveys of England for
Government
• Run public campaigns to change public behaviour on LEQ and
ASB issues
• Programme activity: CSG Network, Blue Flag/Seaside Awards,
Eco-Schools
Eco-Schools Award Scheme
Background
• Programme developed by FEE
in 1994 following the Earth
Summit in Rio, 1992
• Need to involve young people in
finding solutions to
environmental & sustainable
development challenges - LA 21
• Introduced into UK in 1995
Global Participation
• Eco-Schools operates in
over 35 countries
• Approx 20,000 Schools are
registered world-wide
• More than 5000 schools
have achieved Green Flag
status
• 5654 schools are working
towards achieving green
flag status in England
• 609 schools currently fly the
green flag in England
Delivered with the help of
Defra and our Partners
The Wildlife
Trusts
Local
Authorities
BTCV
Healthy
Schools
Global Action
Plan
Eco-Schools
Safe Routes
to Schools
Groundwork
Learning
through
Landscapes
The Globe
Programme
CREATE
What is the Eco-Schools
Programme?
An international programme aiming to make environmental
awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of the
school
– It encourages whole-school action for the environment
– It is a recognised award scheme, rewarding & accrediting
schools committed to improving their environmental
performance
– It is a learning resource, raising awareness of sustainable
development & citizenship issues through active involvement
– Provides international links for registered schools via
www.eco-schools.net
Environmental Review/Audit
Key Environmental Areas
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Litter
Waste Minimisation
Energy
Water
Transport
School Grounds
Healthy Living
Biodiversity
Global Perspective*
First Steps: The Action Team
The Action Team must include:
• Pupils – representing as many year groups as
possible
• Teaching staff
The Action Team can also include:
• A governor
• A parent
• A non-teaching staff member
• The caretaker or site manager
• A representative from the local authority
First Steps: The role of the Action Team
The Action Team must:
• Ensure that the whole school is aware of the existence of
the Eco-Schools programme.
• Take the lead in carrying out the initial Environmental
Review.
• Ensure that all sectors of the school community are
represented in the decision-making process.
• Provide a link between pupils, teachers, senior
management and the whole school community.
• Write an Action plan.
Next Steps: Implement the Action Plan
The Action Team should:
• Prioritise their action plan.
• Separate the actions into short, medium and
long term.
• Deliver their first project
• Ensure the whole school is aware of and
wherever possible involved in progress
Informing and involving
• Eco-Schools notice board
• Eco-Schools activities are being reported in
assemblies and at governors meetings.
• Communication to parents and the wider community
about Eco-Schools.
• The school has agreed, adopted and displayed an
Eco Code.
• The school is willing to share good practice with other
schools who wish to join the scheme.
The Four Stages of
the Award Scheme
• Stage 1 - Registration
• Stage 2 - Implementing the Eco-Schools Programme
• Stage 3 - Applying for the Award
– Bronze level Award
– Silver level Award
www.eco-schools.org.uk
– Green Flag Award (assessors visit the school ~1.5 - 2 hour
visit )
• Stage 4 - Award Renewal (every 2 years)
Pupil involvement
Eco Schools activity is pupil led
Eco Schools activity is teacher led
Eco-Schools - The Benefits :
• Improve the school
environment
• Improve links with the local
community
• Reduce litter & waste
• Gain business support &
generate local publicity
• Generate wildlife habitat &
increase biodiversity
• Develop independent
thinking and leadership skills
• Increase environmental
awareness
• Improve Europe/global links
• Reduce fuel & water bills
Links to other Programmes/Initiatives
• Education for Sustainable Development – DFES
(All schools quoted by the Dec document are Eco-Schools)
• Every Child Matters
(Be healthy & safe, Enjoy and Achieve, Positive contribution, Economic well being)
• School Travel Plans
• Healthy Living
(Food, Sport and Physical Activity)
• Learning Outside the classroom
• Local Authority priorities
Curriculum Linking
• Real opportunities to
address cross-curricular
issues :
– Citizenship
– Sustainable
Development
– Health Education
– Personal & Social
Education
– Global Issues
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..and more formal curricular
areas :
– Science
– Geography & History
– Modern Studies
– Maths & ICT
– PE, Drama
– English & Modern
Languages
– Craft, Design &
Technology
Schools provide examples of curriculum links in the application
form
Comments from OFSTED
“By the end of KS1, children’s appreciation of
environmental issues is well above average. This
reflects the opportunities children have to participate
in the Eco-Schools Project”
“Participation in the Eco-Schools project is encouraging a
sense of responsibility towards the environment and
the community.”
“The School’s participation in the Eco-Schools initiative
has encouraged pupils’ interest in geographical
topics.”
Contact information
Website: www.eco-schools.org.uk
E-mail: [email protected]
FEE: www.eco-schools.org
International links: www.eco-schools.net
ENCAMS
Elizabeth House
The Pier
Wigan
WN3 4EX
Tel. 01942 612621
Bronze Award criteria
•The School has identified an Action Team, and the team has met
on at least TWO occasions.
•completed an Environmental Review, formal or informal.
•produced a basic ‘Action Plan’ and shared this plan with the
school community.
•identified progress towards achieving elements of the Action Plan
•indicated that some environmental issues have been covered
within curriculum work.
•got a dedicated notice-board/web-pages or newsletter page
detailing the activities being undertaken.
Silver Award
• identified an Action Team including support from a parent or
governor, and the team has met on at least FOUR occasions.
• completed a formal Environmental Review and recorded the
results.
• produced a detailed ‘Action Plan’, including timescales and targets,
and shared the plan with the school community.
• identified progress towards achieving elements of the Action Plan.
• identified progress towards one large-scale project and indicated
involvement with two others (one of which must be waste related).
• got a dedicated notice-board/web-pages or newsletter page
detailing the activities being undertaken.
• informed parents and the wider community about the good work
being undertaken in the school towards Eco-School status.
• got an agreed, adopted and displayed Eco–Code.
Green Flag Award 1
• identified an Action Team, and the team has met on at least SIX
occasions. The team has the support of a parent and/or
governor. Pupils take significant responsibility for the running of
the team.
• completed a formal Environmental Review, recorded the results
and undertaken a follow-up review.
• produced a detailed ‘Action plan’, including timescales and
targets, and shared the plan with the school community and
updated it based upon the follow-up review.
• identified progress towards achieving most targets in the Action
Plan and can produce physical evidence of data collection and
analysis (graphs etc).
• identified substantial progress towards one large-scale project
and indicate involvement with two others (one of which must be
waste related).
Green Flag Award 2
• have a prominent, dedicated notice-board/web-pages
or newsletter pages detailing the activities being
undertaken towards Eco-Schools. Eco–Schools
activities are being reported in assemblies and at
governors meetings.
• regularly communicate with parents and the wider
community about the good work being undertaken in
the school as a result of Eco-Schools.
• have an agreed, adopted and displayed Eco–Code.
• share good practice with other schools who wish to
join the scheme
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