Why become an Eco-School?

Eco-Schools makes a difference…

Eco-Schools empowers pupils, raises environmental awareness, improves the school environment and also creates financial savings for schools. It engages the wider local community, links to the curriculum and can help deliver Ofsted requirements.

Making a difference to pupils’ lives

The Eco-Schools programme provides a unique opportunity that empowers pupils to lead change within their school and have a positive impact in their wider community. The programme encourages pupils of all ages and abilities to work together to develop their knowledge and environmental awareness. Independent research into the Eco-Schools programme in England found evidence of the positive impacts on pupils, including increased confidence, development of leaderships skills, improved pupil well-being and behaviour and greater motivation at school.

If you want your child/children to attend an Eco-School, please use our Letter to Headteachers to let them know about the Eco-Schools programme.

Waste less and save money

As well as the pupil benefits, which have a hugely positive effect on the whole school community, individual schools benefit from reducing their environmental impact. Eco-Schools consume less water and energy and produce less waste – in turn saving money that can be allocated elsewhere in the school.

What about Ofsted?

The Eco-Schools programme also meets the Ofsted requirement on schools that measures how effectively a school works in partnership with external agencies and the community (including business) to ‘improve the school, extend the curriculum and increase the range and quality of learning opportunities for pupils’, outlined in the 2015 Ofsted School Inspection Handbook.

In a Schools and Sustainability Ofsted report, Ofsted made this statement:

‘It provides a simple programme to enable schools to analyse their operations and become more sustainable. A key element is the involvement of pupils in the whole process, including monitoring, action planning and decision making, leading to ownership of the programmes and an increase in their sense of responsibility to the environment and the local area.’

In addition, the Eco-Schools Seven Steps also link to Ofsted’s student personal development, behaviour & welfare common inspection framework.

Being part of something global

Eco-Schools is a global initiative. Your pupils will join millions of children from 68 countries in creating change for the benefit of future generations!

In 2019, Eco-Schools are proud to announce we have been chosen to feature in HundrED. HundrED is a global charity that selects 100 inspiring and innovational programmes from around the world that improve education, inspire grassroots movements and are pedagogically sound.

What teachers say

Some children are lucky enough to enjoy nature at an early age, they make mud pies, lay on the grass looking at the shapes of the clouds and can identify different types of flower. At this crucial stage in their development, they learn that their environment has so much to offer, it develops their memory skills, they learn to problem solve and use creative thinking, all of which has a major impact on their maturity.

When a child gets actively involved with Eco-Schools, they enhance their development further. They build upon their previous acquired knowledge and learn to use these skills. They understand that they have a voice and that they have a safe platform to use it. They become minute makers, organisers, planners and influencers. Projects are inspired from their imagination, success is seen in a non-academic form, things get done and if they don’t there is the understanding, and sometimes frustration, of why it hasn’t been done.

Eco-Schools has the power to transform the pupils into forward thinking, challenge solving, decision making adults of the future.

Jayson Taylor, Learning Mentor & Family Liason, Catherine Junior School

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