Does a student from every year group have to be on the Eco-Committee?
Every year group must be represented by at least one student on the Eco-Committee. We understand that Years 11 and 13 might not be able to attend all meetings from March onwards.
Does the Eco-Committee have to change every year?
No, that is entirely up to your school. Obviously, large groups of students join your school every September – why not ask the new Year 7s to sign up to the Eco-Committee on their moving up day or during induction week. Many of them will have been on their Eco-Committee at Primary 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 names and year/ tutor group. If for any reason a student can not have their photo on display on the Eco-Board, they could always draw a self portrait or use an appropriate emoji to represent them.
How often should the Eco-Committee meet?
This depends on how quickly you want to complete your journey to Green Flag. Some school?s Eco-Committees choose to meet as often as once a week, whilst others meet only once every half term. We recommend they 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, they 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 templates and a guide to recording minutes available on your school login. It does not have to be neat or perfect, we like seeing your work as it is presented ? please don?t type up or redraft the 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 the school about the progress of your Green Flag application. A photograph of your Eco-Board will be asked for in the final stages of your application as evidence towards your Green Flag award.