Eco-Schools is the largest sustainable schools programme in the
world, operating in over 40 countries. Almost 40,000 schools take
part globally and over 50% of all English schools now take part.
The programme is delivered in England by the charity Keep Britain
Eco-Schools provides a framework which helps schools to
recognise good environmental practice and identify areas they need
to improve on. Once identified the school creates an action plan
which sets out how they will make those improvements.
Crucially the programme is led by children and supports many
areas of the curriculum, helping to make learning, both inside and
outside the classroom, fun and engaging. Measuring and monitoring
is also an integral part of the Eco-Schools programme, providing
you with all the evidence you need to showcase your environmental
Eco-Schools delivers the Government's Sustainable Schools
Strategy accrediting schools as they progress. Schools can receive
a Bronze Award, Silver Award and ultimately the Green Flag, which
is endorsed worldwide by the United Nations Environment Programme
(UNEP) as an international symbol of excellence.
Eco-Schools and the Pod
The Pod have teamed up with Eco-Schools England to help schools
progress along their sustainable journey. All of the activities
developed on the Pod have been written to compliment the
Eco-Schools programme and the award criteria in England.
Schools in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are using the
Pod too, and could find it helps them with their application for
Eco-Schools awards in their own countries in a similar way to
schools in England. However, there is no direct link between the
Pod and the Eco-Schools programmes in those countries at this
How can the Pod help with the Eco-Schools programme?
Each Pod activity details how it meets the Eco-Schools award
criteria and also outlines any additional steps which may be needed
to achieve the award.
For example, by completing the 'Goodbye Standby' activity on the
Pod, schools will automatically have completed most if not all of
the steps needed to achieve a Bronze or Silver Award with
Eco-Schools in England.
By working together the Pod and Eco-Schools hope to encourage,
support and guide even more schools to become sustainable, save
money, reduce carbon emissions and engage children in the fight
against climate change.
The Eco-Schools award guide highlights how Pod activities and
campaigns such as Switch-Off Fortnight and Green Britain Day can
help with achieving Eco-Schools awards in England. There is
guidance for each of the seven steps of the Eco-Schools framework,
including creating an action plan, involving the local and wider
community and linking sustainability to the curriculum.
Download the Eco-Schools award guide
now for more details.
To learn more about Eco-Schools visit www.eco-schools.org.uk