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Lee Wray-Davies

Eco-Schools National Manager

Role

As the national manager of Eco-Schools England, it is my job to make sure that myself and my team are doing everything we can to help support our schools to implement the programme in a ‘real’ education setting. No school has to be an Eco-School yet thousands of you have given your valuable time to manage and run the programme in your schools, whilst juggling numerous other tasks and responsibilities.¬† Until we get ‘eco’ firmly back on the curriculum we will work in partnership with national and local organisations and charities to develop topic actions that can be incorporated into all current curriculum areas- without creating additional work for teaching staff.

I also write all Eco-Schools communications and manage our social media accounts so don’t forget to @EcoSchools or #EcoSchools in any eco-posts, its always inspiring to see what everyone is doing (and I promise to try to like and share as many as possible!)

Favourite Eco-Schools Step?

For Step 6 Monitoring and Evaluation we encourage students to keep a track of the impact of their actions, no matter how small (as small is better than not at all) and if things don’t go to plan to investigate why, perfect for growth mindest. We have a great example of an inner city primary school, where the pupils wanted to have a llama farm however upon investigation they found out this was not going to be possible. They scaled down to chickens; still not possible and eventually they ended up growing spring onions. The pupils didn’t get upset that their original action plan (Step 3) had to be changed and they were very proud of their spring onions on their Eco-Schools Green Flag assessment visit!

Favourite Topic?

Climate Change– so this is not technically an Eco-Schools topic but as a former Geography teacher I think it is important to realise that by working on any of our 10 Eco-Schools topics you can make a positive change to reduce your carbon footprint either directly or indirectly. I don’t think that any of our topics can be looked at individually. Depending on the actions that Eco-Committees choose they could be working on multiple topics with just one action- everything is linked.

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Francis Hyland

Eco-Schools Development Coordinator

 

Role

As our team is so small I cover a variety of roles including updating the Eco-Schools website, making changes to the Eco-Schools programme, creating resources for Eco-Committees around the country and delivering training. I like to think of my job as celebrating children’s wonderful Eco-Schools work then sharing their ideas with teachers throughout England.

Favourite Eco-Schools Step?

As a former Primary School teacher my favourite step is definitely Step 4 Curriculum Links. The Eco-Schools programme provides inclusive and contextual learning opportunities that inspire young people and enrich their learning! Recently, I have really enjoyed seeing the Action Plan (Step 3) and Curriculum Links steps merging with young people writing formal letters to parents, head teachers, councils, MPs and big businesses about a variety of issues. This helps young people become activists learning to question authority much more than my generation ever did!

Favourite Topic?

Energy- I think one of the most common actions I see when visiting schools (although approached in a variety of ways) is appointing energy monitors. This action really sums up the Eco-Schools programme: it’s massively student led, doesn’t cost anything, makes a difference and can be applied both in and out of school. I also really enjoy seeing teachers getting told off for leaving lights on!

Get in touch

  • 01942 612652
  • eco-schools@keepbritaintidy.org

Karyn Fullerton

Eco-Schools Delivery Officer

Role

I have been part of the team for over 25 years. I desk assess all Eco-Schools Green Flag applications and work closely with our amazing volunteer assessors to arrange your Eco-Schools Green Flag assessment (celebration) school visits. If you need any support or help please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Favourite Eco-Schools Step?

Definitely this has to be Step 5 Informing and Involving. This step allows Eco-Committees to share their amazing topic actions not just in school but in their local community too. Informing and involving is a great way to bring together lots of like minded young people and local organisations who want to make a difference.

Favourite Topic?

School Grounds- this topic  is a really great way to link your Eco-Schools actions. You could start grow fruit and vegetables in raised beds for the school canteen and link to the Healthy Living topic. Or you could build bug hotels and link to the Biodiversity topic. The possibilities for this topic are endless, even in the most smallest of outdoor spaces.

Get in touch

  • 01942 612639
  • eco-schools@keepbritaintidy.org

Shona Andrews

Eco-Schools Green Flag Support Officer

Role

To support our schools on their journey to achieving their first Eco-Schools Green Flag (and beyond). I work closely with schools to help them develop ideas for topic actions and show Eco-Committees how to complete the seven steps at a level suitable for their eco-expertise and experience…and of course I can always help with demystifying the Green Flag application form!

Favourite Eco-Schools Step?

Step 3 Action Plan, I love being organised, so working out what I need to do, how and setting goals is my thing.

Favourite Topic?

Litter- This is in fact one of the reasons I came to work for Keep Britain Tidy as I get very angry seeing our streets lined with litter. I frequently take part in my local village litter picks and I’m always inspired when I hear how hard Eco-Schools are working on our national campaigns such as the Great Big School Clean.

Get in touch

  • 01942 61248
  • eco-schools@keepbritaintidy.org

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