Step 6 Monitoring and Evaluation

There are lots of different ways for pupils to monitor the impact of their Eco-Schools actions; before and after photographs of school grounds, bar charts to show water usage, transport surveys, biodiversity counts, waste audits and many more. Pupils should also use some of their monitoring data in class to help with Step 4 Curriculum Links, for example calculating percentage decrease in energy consumption before and after a Switch Off Fortnight campaign during maths lessons.

To promote Growth Mindset it is also important to evaluate your Eco-Schools work too.  Did everything go to plan? If not, why not? Remind your Eco-Committee that it is ok if something did not work first time around – how are they going to do it differently next time?

Monitoring and Evaluation Criteria

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

  • Your Eco-Committee monitors the effectiveness of their Eco-Schools work: via data collection or before and after photographs etc.
  • This evidence is communicated to the whole school and on display on your Eco-Board.
  • Some monitoring data has been effectively used in curriculum work for example creating graphs and charts on energy and water usage to be used in maths lessons (this also supports Step 4).
  • Evidence and data collected has been analysed and evaluated to help pupils develop further actions.

Monitoring and Evaluating Resources

We understand that this can sometimes be the hardest of the steps, here are some ideas and resources to help keep a track of your topic work.


Your methods of monitoring will depend on the targets and measurement criteria set out in your Action Plan, as well as the age and ability of pupils, staff and helpers. You may wish to consider the following forms of monitoring:

Meter readings to show the effects of energy/water-saving activities.

Litter/waste audits to show the effects of litter/recycling initiatives.

Calculating financial savings from bills to show the effects of energy/water-saving initiatives (where meters are not accessible).

Questionnaire to gauge opinion changes that have taken place from pupils, staff, residents, local community. Carrying out this type of measuring complements whole school involvement.

Before, during and after photographs as visual evidence to support your Green Flag application/assessment.

Listing evidence of wildlife/species to show the effects of school grounds development.

Remember to log in to your Eco-Schools account for more resources too.

Bar Chart Template

Pie Chart Template

Monitoring and Evaluation Examples

Find out how other schools have successfully monitored and evaluated their Eco-Schools work.


If you have an outstanding example of a way your school has monitored or evaluated Eco-Schools work, we would love to hear from you

Monitoring and Evaluating FAQs

This is the step we are asked the most questions about, if we have not covered something below please get in touch, we are always happy to offer advice and ideas.

How do we monitor and evaluate?

You can monitor and evaluate a variety of ways some of our suggestions include: before and after photographs, surveys, charts, tables, reports or meter readings. Any way that you can generate numerical data that can then be put into graphs and charts is the most straightforward way.

One of our actions wasn?t successful, what should we do?

At Eco-Schools we acknowledge that the programme is student-led and that not every action the students decide on will be a success. If your school has implemented an action and it hasn?t been a success we still advise you to use this as evidence towards your Green Flag application.

One of our actions isn?t complete, what should we do?

Some of the actions that your Eco-Committee decides upon may take a long time to complete. As long as you have began implementing the actions and can provide evidence of this then please do not hesitate to apply for your Green Flag Award.

What evidence do we need for the monitoring and evaluation for Green Flag?

During the final stages of your Green Flag application, you will be asked to provide a photograph of your Eco-Board. Evidence of Monitoring and Evaluation on your Eco-Board could include: before and after photographs, surveys, charts, tables, reports or meter readings. You will also be asked to briefly list some examples of the monitoring and evaluation you have carried out on your online Green Flag application.

How much evidence do we need?

We request evidence for each of the three topics in your Action Plan for first Green Flag applications and evidence of monitoring and evaluation for all five topics for Green Flag renewals, this evidence should be presented in a variety of ways- i.e not all bar graphs.

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