Does a child from every year group have to be on the Eco-Committee?
This aspect of criteria is optional for schools applying for their first Eco-Schools Green Flag. For schools renewing their Eco-Schools Green Flag, every year group must be represented by at least one child on the Eco-Committee. We acknowledge that Reception and Year One children are very young, but it is still important to have them on the Eco-Committee even though they may not be as active as the older children. If you are worried about their involvement please feel free to encourage some of the older children to aid them, or even form a ‘mini eco-committee’ just for them.
Does the Eco-Committee have to change every year?
No, that is entirely up to your school. Obviously, large groups of children leave school each year and these children will no longer be able to be on the Eco-Committee, we recommend you replace these children with younger children who join your school. Not having to re-elect a full Eco-Committee every September will also save a lot of time!
Do the Eco-Committee have to be displayed on our Eco-Board?
Yes, this provides evidence towards your Green Flag award. You need to display their names and year group. You can also choose to add photos of the children or even ask the children to draw their own picture or write a quote for your display.
We understand that sometimes Safeguarding or other issues can make displaying children’s names or photographs difficult – if this is the case please just let the Eco-Schools team know when applying for an Eco-Schools Green Flag.
How often should the Eco-Committee meet?
This is entirely up to individual schools. Some school’s Eco-Committees choose to meet as often as once a week, whilst others meet only once every half term. We recommend an Eco-Committee meet no less than once every half term.
What adults can be on the Eco-Committee?
Adults from all aspects of the school life can join the Eco-Committee. Adults can include teachers, learning support assistants, senior leadership, site managers, administration staff, parents or governors as long as they comply with your school’s safeguarding policy.
Do we have to record minutes from Eco-Committee meetings?
Yes, we ask that Eco-Committee members take a record of events from their meetings. We have child-friendly templates available on your school login. It does not have to be neat or perfect, we like seeing the children’s work as it is presented – please don’t type up or redraft notes as it is unnecessary.
Do we have to display minutes from Eco-Committee meetings?
Yes, these should be displayed on your Eco-Board to inform your school about the progress of your Eco-Schools Green Flag award. A photograph of your Eco-Board will be asked for when applying for an Eco-Schools Green Flag.