Step 2 Environmental Review

Designed to review your learning environment and provide inspiration

Please use our FREE Environmental Review (below). You will need to submit this when applying for or renewing your Eco-Schools Green Flag.

Your school should not pay for additional support from third parties to carry out your Environmental Review.

View the full Green Flag criteria, resources and examples below

Environmental Review Criteria

In order to achieve the international Green Flag award a school or nursery must meet the following criteria, which has been created for Early Years settings

  • The Eco-Schools Environmental Review covering all ten Eco-Schools is completed by children, with adult supervision.
  • A copy of your Eco-Schools Environmental Review must be displayed on your Eco-Board and the findings discussed with children, staff and parents.
  • A new Eco-Schools Environmental Review is completed for every Green Flag application.

Environmental Review Resources

Please use our FREE Environmental Review template as you will need to submit this document when applying for or renewing your Eco-Schools Green Flag


Early Years Environmental Review

Please log on to your Eco-Schools account for more resources.

Remote Learning Environmental Review

For 2020-2021, we have created a temporary, new Remote Learning Environmental Review. It is printer friendly, or can be completed digitally, and it also has simplified questions that can, hopefully, be answered even when children or staff aren’t in school or nursery!

Eco-Schools Team Tips

Have fun completing your Environmental Review – walk around your school or nursery, allow the children to complete it using bright colours and use the questions to lead discussion and find out the topics and environmental actions that most excite your Eco-Committee.

Environmental Review FAQs

Everything you need to know about completing your Environmental Review

Who carries out the Environmental Review?

The questions on our Early Years Environmental Review have been designed to be accessible for younger children, although they may need some support reading the questions and writing their thoughts and ideas down.

A third party is offering to complete our Environmental Review (for a small fee) should we ask them to do it? 

No, we never recommend paying for third party support. If you feel like you do need additional support, please do not hesitate to contact the Eco-Schools team who will be happy to help you free of charge.

Do we have to complete each section of the Environmental Review covering all ten topics?

Yes, but we have specifically designed the Environmental Review so it is child friendly and doesn’t take too long.

We don’t know the answer to one of the questions, what should we do?

Just skip it and move on, it may mean you should think about working on this topic in the future.

Our Environmental Review has been completed by children and looks a bit messy, is this a problem?

No, this is great – it is exactly what we want to see as it shows children have played an active role in completing your Environmental Review.

We scored really badly on our Environmental Review, what does this mean?

Do not worry about the scores on your Environmental Review, the lower you score the more opportunities you have to improve your school or nursery.

We’ve completed our Environmental Review, now what?

First of all, let everyone know what you have found out. Next, put a copy on your Eco-Board for all to access. Finally, when applying for a Green Flag award you will be asked to scan and upload a copy of your Environmental Review.

We are renewing our Green Flag, do we have to complete another Environmental Review?

Yes, it is compulsory that the Environmental Review is completed for each Green Flag application. Some schools and nurseries choose to complete it annually.

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