Before you start running an activity on the Pod, there are range
of things you might want to think about.
- The Pod is designed to compliment the Eco-Schools programme.
Before you start an activity, it's a good idea to register with
Eco-Schools and start their seven-step process.
- The first step of this process is setting up an Eco-Schools
committee or Action Team. This group of
pupils will coordinate all of the school's environmental
- You should carry out an Environmental Review, looking
at your school's current attitudes to energy, water, waste,
transport, litter, biodiversity, the school grounds and healthy
- Eco-Schools also recommend drawing up an Action Plan. This will
highlight what you want to change in your school, how and when you
wish to change it, and who will make the changes.
Learning from others
- Another good way of preparing for an activity is to look at
what other schools have done. There are already blogs on the Pod
website for many of the activities.
- We ask each school to complete a Lessons Learned Report when
they finish an activity. Reading a Lessons Learned Report is a
quick way of finding out the kinds of the challenges you might
- If you want an overview of what Pod schools have achieved,
visit the gallery. Search the images by Eco-Schools topic and
school type to narrow down your results.
Researching the topic
- The Pod's philosophy is 'Learn, Act, Inspire'.
- This means that we encourage you to learn about a topic before
you start running any related activities.
- For example, before you start switching off lights and
electronic devices, it's a good idea to find out where your school
gets its energy from and why wasting energy is bad for the
- Each topic has its own Learn page. It contains a downloadable
pack with information about the key issues and questions. Your
activity is more likely to be a success if you understand why it is