Step 5 Informing and Involving

Engaging the entire school (or nursery) and its wider community in eco-projects and actions for the 3 Eco-Schools topics chosen in Step 3: Action Plan.

Informing and Involving Criteria

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

  • Your school has a prominent, designated and up-to-date Eco-Board (physical or digital) detailing all your Eco-Schools work. This includes evidence of topic actions and work on each of the Seven Steps (see criteria for each step for further details).
  • Adults on the Eco-Committee use a variety of mediums to help communicate their topic actions.
  • Your whole school or nursery has the opportunity to participate in Eco-Schools work.
  • Optional for first Eco-Schools Green Flag: Your wider school community benefits from, or is invited to participate in, your Eco-Schools work.

Informing and Involving Criteria Guidance

Further information about the Eco-Schools criteria for Step 5: Informing and Involving.

  • Adults on your Eco-Committee communicate about your Eco-Schools work in a number of different ways, including: e-newsletters, assemblies, school (or nursery) website, social media etc.
  • You might choose to involve any of the following members of the wider community in your Eco-Schools work: children’s families, your local authority, utilities providers, local or national businesses, charities, nearby schools, ‘friends of’ groups, places of worship or any other local organisations.
  • This step is essentially present throughout your Eco-Schools journey from start to finish. We recommend beginning to look at this section of the Eco-Schools Application as early as October.

Eco-Schools Team Tips

Get parents, guardians or grandparents involved, invite them to help you with your gardening or join you on a local litter pick.

Informing and Involving Resources

A list of Informing and Involving resources you will be able to access when you login to your Eco-Schools account.

  • Early Years Classroom Informing and Involving Poster. A printable poster to display in classrooms that shares a classes’ Eco-Schools ethos.
  • Early Years Social Media Posts. Social media images, which can be used to highlight and celebrate each step of your Eco-Schools journey.

Earth Cubs Eco-Schools Introduction Video

Check out our wonderful Eco-Schools introduction videos created by our Friends at Earth Cubs.

Enjoy the Earth Cubs and Eco-Schools instructional video for Step 5: Informing and Involving. The Eco-Schools Team, Puzzle Parrots and friends know you will be great at showing off about your wonderful Eco-Schools work.

Informing and Involving FAQs

Everything you need to know about Informing and Involving

What does Informing and Involving mean?

To maximise the impact of your Eco-Schools work it is important to involve as many people from your setting and its community as possible.

Why is the Eco-Board such an important part of the Green Flag application process?

We place a lot of emphasis on the Eco-Board because it celebrates your Eco-Schools work and allows us to see evidence for each of the Seven Steps in one place, when assessing Eco-Schools Green Flag applications.

How do we inform young children about our Eco-Schools work?

The best way to inform very young children about your Eco-Schools work is actively involving them in your topic actions. Topic actions in your Action Plan should aim to involve as many children in your school or nursery as possible.

How do we involve our wider community in our Eco-Schools work?

When creating your Action Plan, you should aim to think of actions that can involve your wider community, for example if working on our Litter Topic, why not invite parents/guardians to litter pick alongside their children.


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