David Dixon

4 steps to becoming a sustainable school

How sustainable is your school? David Dixon explains how leaders can help their schools achieve a green ‘badge of honour’ and create a better environment for future generations of students

4 steps to becoming a sustainable school

Is your school green? I’m not talking about the colour of the walls or floors, but about how eco friendly it is. Have you ditched single-use plastic? Is climate change embedded throughout the curriculum? Do you, as a leader, encourage students and staff to make sustainable choices and lead by example?

I wish every leader could answer “yes” to the above, but in reality, that’s not the case.

I moved schools in 2010 and, keen to collaborate with other environmental enthusiasts, I looked at how many schools in my new local authority had a Green Flag Award from the Eco-Schools programme. The ...

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