Step 7 Eco-Code

A whole school promise to protect the planet that reflects the topic work your Eco-Committee have completed in their Action Plan during the school year.

Eco-Code Criteria

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

  • Your school has an Eco-Code, created by pupils, which reflects your current Eco-Schools Action Plan (including the three topics you have been working on).
  • Your whole school has an awareness of your Eco-Code and your Eco-Code is displayed on your Eco-Board (physical or digital).

Eco-Code Criteria Guidance

Further information about the Eco-Schools Criteria for Step 7: Eco-Code.

  • Your Eco-Code can take any format you like: statement, rules, poem, song, poster, artwork etc.
  • Your Eco-Code should be updated annually to reflect new topic actions included in your current Action Plan, this doesn’t necessarily mean creating a new Eco-Code every year, it can mean treating your Eco-Code as a working document, which evolves as the Eco-Schools programme embeds and expands in your school.
  • The Eco-Schools Team recommends creating an Eco-Code and completing this section of your Eco-Schools Green Flag application during May.

Eco-Schools Team Tip

In order to raise awareness and celebrate your Eco-Code, why not say it during school assemblies, include it in school newsletters and display it for parents in your entrance hall.

Eco-Code Resources

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

  • Primary Eco-Code Optional Template. An optional template which can be printed and used to display your Eco-Code.

Eco-Code FAQs

What makes a good Eco-Code?

What is an Eco-Code?

The Eco-Code is the Eco-Committee’s mission statement. It should demonstrate – in a positive, clear and imaginative way – the school’s commitment to improving its environmental performance. The Eco-Code can be anything you want a song, statement, poem, rap, acronym or something even more creative. Why not combine it with your Global Citizenship topic and think of an Eco-Code in another language?

How often do we need to change the Eco-Code?

We recommend you update your Eco-Code annually. This is because the Eco-Code should reflect the topics your school is working on and there should be slight changes to these topics every year.

How do we inform the school about the Eco-Code?

Your Eco-Code should be displayed on the Eco-Board, to inform the whole school about it we recommend having it in different classrooms, halls and maybe even in bathrooms!

Who needs to know the Eco-Code?

The majority of the children in your school should know, or have an awareness of your Eco-Code – after all it is a celebration of your hard work! It is also recommended that you share your school’s Eco-Code with the wider community.

Where should we display our Eco-Code?

Your Eco-Code should be displayed on your Eco-Board as well as being displayed in various places around the school such as classrooms, hallways and even toilets – be creative.

Why is Eco-Code the last step?

The Eco-Code is the final step, as it should reflect the work your Eco-Committee has carried out to achieve Eco-Schools Green Flag status – it is your celebration statement!

Eco-Code Examples

Normanton Common Primary Academy, West Yorkshire

The Eco-Committee at Normanton Primary Academy, decided that they wanted to involve all pupils in the creation of their Eco-Code by launching an Eco-Code competition. They created a launch video, which you can watch. The video begins with the Eco-Committee talking about all of their achievements so far, perfect as Eco-Codes are meant to reflect an Eco-Committee's hard work. They then went on to provide inspiration for entries by mentioning some of their favourite Eco-Code formats! A great crossover between Step 5: Informing and Involving and Step 7 Eco-Code!

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Lyonsdown School, New Barnet

We are so excited to have our Eco-Code sustainability animation on the Eco-Schools website. This means so much to us because we spent so long creating this video, using animation and editing it, with our students singing in the background. We all hope you enjoy it because we loved making it to help to show people how much we think about looking after the world. As well as being such fun, we hope we may influence the pupils in a school or two to help look after our environment.

Year Six Sustainability Prefect (Eco-Warrior)

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Damers First School

We changed our Eco-Code to bring it more up-to-date with what we were doing across the school and the community. The children wanted to make it more child-friendly and appealing to the eye. The children worked in small groups to gather ideas and then presented their ideas to each class, who gave feedback - we thought it was very important that the whole school was involved in the design of the Eco-Code. The Eco-Crew shared all their ideas with a graphic designer, who began to create their Eco-Code. The design went backwards and forwards between the Eco-Crew and the designer several times before the Eco-Crew were eventually happy. Finally, they formally presented the Eco-Code to the whole school and headteacher. The Eco-Crew at Damers have received overwhelmingly positive feedback about their Eco-Code, it is: clear, child-friendly, bright, creative and perfectly symbolises the ethos of the school and the great sustainable work that is being done. Children at Damers now feel inspired to go on their own sustainable journeys at home with their families and friends.

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