To maximise the impact of your Eco-Schools work you will need to get as many people involved as possible – this is your time to show off and let others know about all the amazing eco-actions you have planned for your school. In order to help you with this, you must have a prominent, eye-catching Eco-Board that we will need to see an image of in your Green Flag application. You could also hold assemblies and class presentations, have an Eco-Stall at school events, edit a page of your school’s website to showcase your work or organise a whole school event and competition. Don’t forget the power of social media too; if your school allows make sure to include @EcoSchools in any tweets about your Eco-Schools actions.
If your school runs Media courses they can help too (another Step 4 Curriculum Link) through the schools newsletter, local press or even school radio!
Informing and Involving Criteria
In order to achieve the international Green Flag award your school must meet the following criteria.
Your school has a prominent and designated Eco-Board detailing all Eco-Schools activities, including a copy of your Environmental Review, Action Plan, minutes, before and after photographs and photographs of Eco-Committee members (or list of student names if photos are not possible).
Your Eco-Committee could use a variety of mediums to help communicate their actions: newsletters, school website, the school’s Twitter account – be inventive!
The wider community is involved in activities going on in and around the school, for example parents, carers, local businesses, environmental organisations, local churches and residential groups and homes.
Links should be made with local Eco-Schools to share best practice.
Informing and Involving Resources
Here is a selection of resources designed to help you inform and involve your whole school and wider community, please login to your school Eco-Schools account to find more.
You will need to submit a photo of your Eco-Board for your Green Flag application. It is an essential part of your Eco-Schools work acting as a blueprint for your eco-actions and a reminder that being an Eco-School is about a whole school approach.
What?s great is that the Eco-Board can be designed, created and updated by you at any point on your journey to Green Flag. Use our Green Flag standard template to when putting your own together.
Your Eco-Committee, showing students from all year groups (preferably pictures, but if not possible then names and year groups) so others know who to speak to in order to find out more about your Eco-Schools work.
Minutes of meetings.
Evidence of actions that your school has undertaken so far.
Your most up to date Environmental Review and Action Plan.
Evidence of your previous Eco-Schools awards, along with any other accreditation or awards that link to your Eco-Schools work.
Space for suggestions from others and examples of eco-work that has been covered in the curriculum (Step 4).
If you have a brilliant way of Informing and Involving people in the Eco-Schools programme, let us know!
Eco-Schools is an integral and major component of Cardinal Allen’s curriculum. As a Green Flag holder, the Eco-Schools programme drives campaigns to reduce energy use, litter and waste in our local community. The Healthy Living and Transport topics have instigated projects that have enabled their students to live healthier lives and the Biodiversity topic has empowered students to look after their local environment and wildlife. The Eco-Schools twinning programme has also allowed Cardinal Allen to link with students from around the world and sharing their passion for environmental issues.
Cardinal Allen is part of a large cluster of 14 like-minded schools and they share many joint activities to make the Fleetwood area a better place to live. Over the past few years, they have enjoyed getting to know each other at events such as their Eco-Conference and Eco-Fashion Show as well as trips to local country parks.
Informing and Involving FAQs
Some of the most common questions asked by schools about this step.
How do we involve our whole school in the Eco-Schools programme?
One of the best ways of involving the whole school is to sign up to one of the many environmentally friendly events that happen every academic year. An example is our Keep Britain Tidy Great Big School Clean (22nd March 2019) or the Pod’s Switch Off Fortnight in November 2018. There are many other examples; it is entirely up to your school and Eco-Committee to choose which events to get involved in based on the topics you have picked for your action plan.
How do we inform our wider community about the Eco-Schools programme?
You can inform the wider community about the Eco-Schools programme through newsletters to parents (e-mailed newsletters are preferable), invitations to school events and through sharing your progress on any social media the school may have. You could also invite members from the wider community, such as local businesses, to join one of your Eco-Committee meetings (depending on your school’s safeguarding policy) and encourage the community to get involved in Eco-Schools events such as litter picks or school uniform swap shops.