Step 6 Monitoring and Evaluation

Assessing the impact of the topic work in your action plan, addressing what worked well, what needed adapting and how your Eco-Committee could develop their eco-actions in the future.

Monitoring and Evaluation Criteria

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

  • Your Eco-Committee monitors and evaluates the success of projects in their Action Plan for their three chosen topic areas.
  • Monitoring and evaluation outcomes are communicated to your whole school and evidence of monitoring and evaluation is displayed on your Eco-Board (physical or digital).

Monitoring and Evaluation Criteria Guidance

Further information about the Eco-Schools criteria for Step 6: Monitoring and Evaluation.

  • Evidence of monitoring and evaluation might include: photos, graphs, charts, other charity award schemes, surveys, bills etc.
  • Actions in your Action Plan do not have to be entirely successful to achieve an Eco-Schools Green Flag, but when not successful the Eco-Schools team would expect adaptations to have been identified to improve the outcomes of future projects.
  • We recommend thinking about Monitoring early, when creating your Action Plan and beginning to look at this section of your Eco-Schools Green Flag Application in December.

Eco-Schools Team Tip

Don’t overthink this step, monitoring can be as simple as before and after photos of a wildflower area or counting bags of litter collected during litter-picks.

Monitoring and Evaluating Resources

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


  • All Ages Bonus Environmental Impact Questions. A document to help you keep track of your progress should you choose to apply for an Eco-Schools Green Flag with Merit or Distinction.

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 Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.

What evidence do we need for Step 6: Monitoring and Evaluation?

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.

How much evidence do we need?

We request evidence for each of the three topics in your Action Plan.

Monitoring and Evaluation Examples

Morecambe Road Specialist School, Morecambe

Teachers and students in Morecambe Road Specialist school were really enthusiastic about completing a litter pick as part of the Great Big School Clean. Delighted by the success of their litter pick Teachers and pupils decided to complete follow up lessons based on their findings as part of Step 5: Monitoring and Evaluation. A great example of this was a lesson where they collated data about crisp packets and created bar graphs to show the most popular flavour that each class collected. The students really enjoyed creating their bar charts, because they had a real life context!
There was also a follow-up assembly where pupils looked at photographs from the Clean and shared thoughts about how it went. Most pupils and staff decided they would like to do another one using words like 'proud' and 'fun.'

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