The Environmental Review will have sparked a lot of ideas for potential projects. The Eco-Committee now needs to draw up a workable plan with details of the projects they want to take action on:
- For Bronze and Silver Awards- one topic
- For 1st Green Flag- three topics
- For all Green Flag renewals- five topics
Your SMART Action Plan will include lists of tasks, equipment needed and people to involve for each project. The Eco-Committee might also want to outline a timetable and, if necessary, draw up a simple budget. Copies of the Action Plan should be made available for the whole school to see; the more that people are aware of what the Eco-Committee is trying to do, the more likely they are to get involved and play their part.
Please use our FREE Action Plan Template as you will need to submit this document when applying for or renewing your Eco-Schools Green Flag.
Your school should not pay for additional support from third parties in order to carry out Step 3 let your Eco-Committee decide and take ownership of their own projects.
Action Plan Criteria
See below for the criteria required for your Eco-Schools Action Plan.
- Your Eco-Committee produces an Action Plan influenced by their Environmental Review.
- Pupils on the Eco-Committee take responsibility for leading the actions.
- The Action Plan contains timescales, who is responsible and how targets will be monitored and evaluated.
- The Eco-Committee has shared the Action Plan with the whole of the school.
- A copy of the Action Plan is displayed on your Eco-Board.
Developing an Action Plan
How to create your SMART Action Plan
Look at the results of your Environmental Review. Pick out which of the Eco-Schools ten topics you want to tackle. Decide what action you can take to improve these issues. These inspiring case studies and project ideas may help you out if you are a bit stuck.
Decide what your measure of success will be. Make sure the action you take is something you can measure. This will help you with your monitoring and evaluation step. For example, if you decide to tackle energy, your measure could be looking for a reduction in the school energy bills.
Decide timescales for each action. Do you want to achieve your target in a few weeks, by the end of the term/year, or is it longer term?
Assign people to be responsible for each action. This could be fellow pupils, staff or anyone else within the school community.
Complete your Action Plan. Do not be over-ambitious in the targets you set. Failing to meet targets or deadlines can be demotivating. Make sure that the whole school is involved in delivering your actions and that the headteacher supports your Action Plan.
If your Environmental Review has highlighted a large number of issues to address, do not feel you have to achieve them all at once – prioritise them, and divide the targets into short, medium and long term. It is much better to go forward in small steps and celebrate success frequently.
Action Plan template
At the Action Plan stage your pupils will learn how to plan, budget, think creatively and work as a team.
At the Action Plan stage, pupils will need to think carefully about what they are going to do and how they are going to do it. They will have a chance to practice a wide range of important skills.
- Critical thinking
- Time management
- Systems thinking
- Risk assessment
- Goal setting
- Project management