Step 2 Environmental Review

A set of fact-finding questions linked to our 10 Eco-Schools topics that have been designed to help your Eco-Committee understand what environmental work your school is already doing, whilst inspiring further youth-led eco-actions.

Environmental Review Criteria

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

  • The Eco-Schools Environmental Review covering all ten Eco-Schools topics is completed by pupils, with adult supervision.
  • A copy of your Eco-Schools Environmental Review is displayed on your Eco-Board (physical or digital) and the findings communicated with the whole school.
  • A new Eco-Schools Environmental Review is completed for every Eco-Schools Green Flag application.

Environmental Review Criteria Guidance

Further information about the Eco-Schools criteria for Step 2: Environmental Review.

  • Specialist settings, through schools, middle schools, prep schools etc. are free to choose which of our Environmental Reviews they would like to complete (Early Years, Primary or Secondary).
  • If you can’t find the answer to a question, please leave the question blank and move on – you will not be penalised for this.
  • Don’t worry if you have a low score on any of the topics, this is why you are participating in the Eco-Schools programme – to improve your school’s environmental performance.
  • The Eco-Schools Team recommends completing your Environmental Review and beginning to answer the Step 2 assessment questions on your Eco-Schools Green Flag application form during October or November.

Eco-Schools Team Tip

Have fun completing it, walk around the school and talk to others – use it to lead discussion and help your Eco-Committee think about the topics they may want to work on in your Action Plan.

Environmental Review Resources

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

Please use our Free Environmental Review Templates, you will need to submit the completed document when applying for or renewing your Eco-Schools Green Flag.



Compulsory Environmental Review Resources

  • Primary Environmental Review. The official, Eco-Schools Environmental Review designed to be completed by hand, whilst investigating your school.


  • Primary Environmental Review Printer Friendly. A minimalist version of the official, Eco-Schools Environmental Review which can be completed digitally on Word.


Environmental Review FAQs

Everything you need to know about completing your Environmental Review.

Who carries out the Environmental Review?

On our website we have differentiated Environmental Reviews that are designed to be completed by pupils. Either the whole Eco-Committee can complete the review, or the topics can be divided between different classes to encourage a whole school approach. if your pupils would like a challenge or you are a multiple Green Flag school then why not try our Secondary Environmental Review, which has additional discussion points included.

A third party is offering to complete our Environmental Review (for a small fee) should we ask them to do it?

No, we never recommend paying for third party support in your Eco-Schools Green Flag application. If you feel like you need any support please do not hesitate to contact the Eco-Schools team who will be happy to help you free of charge.

Do we have to complete the Environmental Review for each of the ten topics?

Yes, you have to complete the review for each of the ten topics, but we have specifically designed it so it is child-friendly and does not take up too much time. They can be completed in an Eco-Committee meeting or even across one (or several) lunch times.

I don’t know the answer to one of the questions on the Environmental Review, what should I do?

If you don’t know and can’t find out the answer to any of the questions on the Environmental Review, don’t panic: just leave it blank. It may mean you should think about working on this topic in the future.

Our Environmental Review is messy and has been filled in by the pupils is this a problem?

No this is great – it is exactly what we want to see as it shows it has been completed by pupils. Just scan or take a photo of your Environmental Review and upload this for your Eco-Schools Green Flag application – we are all former teachers and are quite used to interpreting handwriting!

We got a bad score on our Environment Review, what does this mean?

Do not worry about your score on the Environmental Review. You are at the beginning of your Eco-School journey and the Environmental Review has been designed to provide ideas for your Eco-Committee as well as audit your school. As part of Step 6 Monitoring and Evaluation you could carry out the Environmental Review again to see if your results for the topics chosen in your Action Plan have improved.

I’ve completed my Environmental Review, now what do I do with it?

First of all, you need to ensure that the whole school is aware of the findings of the Environmental Review. Next, your Environmental Review should be displayed on your Eco-Board. You will also be asked to submit your Environmental Review as part of your Eco-Schools Green Flag application.

I am an Eco-Schools Green Flag renewal; do I have to complete another Environmental Review?

Yes, it is compulsory for the Green Flag award that your Environmental Review be updated each year to coincide with your renewal application as this will help to inform you what topics you can work on for your renewal.

How do we upload our Environmental Review?

Printers/scanners/photocopiers are different in each setting, but most tend to have a tray at the top. If you remove any staples from your Environmental Review, place it in this tray and then press scan it should scan the Environmental Review as one document (make sure you check the scan settings are correct if your Environmental Review is printed double-sided). Once you have scanned your Environmental Review, usually you can then transfer to a memory stick (look for a USB slot) or e-mail to yourself directly from the printer. Upload this file when applying for your Green Flag. Alternatively, you can always use our printer-friendly version which you can edit on Word.

Environmental Review Examples

Chiltern Primary School, Hull

After the Eco-Committee at Chiltern Primary had completed completed their Environmental Review for Step 2, they decided to gather all the statements they gave a 'No' answer to. They then proceeded to sort these statements into 'Yes', 'No' and 'Maybe' based on whether the statement would be possible to achieve this academic year. The 'Yes' list will be used to create their Step 3: Action Plan. This idea came from the pupils and the task was completed entirely by pupils, demonstrating Chiltern's commitment to pupil agency.

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Beaver Road Primary School, Manchester

The Eco-Committee (World Warriors) at Beaver Road Primary School decided that they wanted every year group to be involved in completing the Eco-Schools Environmental Review! They split the topics between the year groups, who all completed their sections slightly differently. They gathered everyone's results and comments in a PowerPoint and the World Warriors discussed their findings, before voting on the topics they would like to cover in their Action Plan. For Earth Day, the World Warriors then prepared an assembly to explain why they had chosen some topics including Biodiversity because they are very passionate about this subject and have fantastic ideas already including: planting trees and attracting living creatures. They also explained why they had not chosen other topics including Transport because they already do lots of sustainable transport activities including a Walk to School week.

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St Patrick's Primary School, Liverpool

At St Patrick's our Eco-club has enthusiastic young members and older, more experienced 'Eco-Warriors' working together, learning from and inspiring one another. Our older children, who act as leaders and mentors, led the Environmental Review by working with groups of younger children, encouraging them to discuss their ideas and opinions whilst making notes. We then used all the ideas and information to create our Action Plan, ensuring that the children's views and ideas were at the heart of our planning.

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