Step 5 Informing and Involving

To maximise the impact of their Eco-Schools work, the Eco-Committee will need to get as many people involved as possible, pupils may also want to get involved with larger community environmental projects. The Eco-Committee can let people know about their Eco-Schools work by: having a prominent, eye-catching Eco-Board, holding assemblies and class presentations, having an Eco-Stall at school fairs and by organising fun school events and competitions. By involving the wider community, the Eco-Committee will be helping even more people to get involved in looking after their local environment.

Informing and Involving Criteria

In order to achieve the international Green Flag Award a school must meet the following criteria.

  • Your school has a prominent and designated Eco-Board detailing all Eco-Schools activities, including a copy of your Environmental Review, Action Plan, minutes, before and after photographs and photographs of Eco-Committee members (or list of student names if photos are not possible).
  • Your Eco-Board should be kept up to date.
  • Your Eco-Committee should use a variety of mediums to help communicate their actions; newsletters, school website, the school’s Twitter account – be inventive!
  • The wider community is involved in activities going on in and around the school, for example parents, carers, local businesses, environmental organisations, local churches and residential groups and homes.
  • Links should be made with local Eco-Schools to share best practice.

Informing and Involving Resources

Here is a selection of resources designed to help you inform and involve the whole school and wider community, please login to your school Eco-Schools account to find more.

You will need to submit a photo of your Eco-Board for your Green Flag application. It is an essential part of your Eco-Schools work acting as a blueprint for your eco-actions and a reminder that being an Eco-School is about a whole school approach.

What’s great is that the Eco-Board can be designed, created and updated by the Eco-Committee at any point on your journey to Green Flag. Use our (Green Flag standard) Eco-Board template when putting your own together.

At this stage you Eco-Board must include:

  • Your Eco-Committee, showing pupils from all year groups (preferably pictures, but if not possible then names and year groups), so others know who to speak to in order to find out more about your Eco-Schools work.
  • Evidence of project work that your school has undertaken so far.
  • Your most up to date Environmental Review and Action Plan.
  • Evidence of your previous awards, be they Bronze, Silver or previous Green Flags, along with any other accreditation or award that links to your Eco-Schools work.
  • Meeting minute with space for suggestions from others and examples of eco-work that has been covered in the curriculum.

Eco-Schools Guide to Informing & Involving

Informing and Involving Examples

If you have an inspirational initiative to inform and involve others in your eco-work, let us know!

Milford Pre-School

The staff at Milford are passionate about proving that age is no object when it comes to being eco-friendly.

As a pre-school, Milford have shown other settings how they can join in and what they can do to become more environmentally aware. At meetings, our Eco-Coordinator, Sarah, regularly tells other pre-schools how they can be more eco.

We harvest the power of pester by teaching our pupils about being eco in school and at home: for example switching off taps, to make sure no water is wasted (we have even installed a water butt in their allotment and mud kitchen). The lights are only on in Milford when the sun is hiding behind clouds and we harvest the sun for our solar pizza ovens! On the topic of food, we grow all of our own fruit and vegetables (mostly using seeds that parents have donated). Each term we hold allotment workshops for the parents, parents are invited to come along, give advice and share the workload – a great way to get everyone involved. We regularly send messages home to parents to encourage them to follow our eco-friendly actions like swapping plastic straws for paper, making sure our wider community is informed about environmental issues.

Our wildflower meadows and planters encourage biodiversity and this stimulates our children’s learning and we invite many visitors in such as worm watch and the local council’s waste department. To make recycling easy for parents we collect pens, pouches, stamps and batteries to recycle or donate and three times a year we support our community by holding a collection for our local food bank.

As the children are so young, they don’t attend formal Eco-Committee meetings, instead, they learn through their daily routine and activities. By involving parents in everything eco, we make sure to provide these learning opportunities are also available at home.

A note from Eco-Schools

One of the best ways of involving the whole school is to hold a ‘Day or Week of Action,’ there are some examples of these on our Topic pages. These provide an opportunity for everyone in your school to get together to work towards achieving some of the targets set in your Action Plan.

Informing and Involving FAQs

Answers to some of the most common informing and involving queries.

What does informing and involving mean?

To maximise the impact of their Eco-Schools work, the Eco-Committee will need to tell as many people as possible about the work they are carrying out and involve as many people as possible.

How do we inform our school about the Eco-Schools programme?

The first step to informing your school is your Eco-Board: you will be asked to submit a photo of your Eco-Board as evidence during the final stage of your Green Flag application. Other ways we suggest you inform the school is through holding regular assemblies and class presentations about the work your Eco-Commitee have completed and organising fun school events and competitions.

How do we involve our school in the Eco-Schools programme?

One of the best ways of involving the whole school is to get involved in one of the many environmentally friendly events that happen every academic year. For example Keep Britain Tidy runs the Great British Spring Clean and Great Big School clean every March and the Pods Switch Off Fortnight happens every November. There are many other examples; it is entirely up to your school and Eco-Committee to choose which events to get involved in based on the topics you have picked for your action plan.

How do we inform our wider community about the Eco-Schools programme?

You can inform the wider community about the Eco-Schools programme through newsletters to parents (e-mailed newsletters are preferable); invitations to class assemblies and school events and through sharing your progress on any social media the school may have. You could also invite members from the wider community to have a presence on your Eco-Committee (dependant on your safeguarding policy) and encourage the community to get involved in schools events such as litter picks.

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