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Eco-Schools

Eco-Schools

What are they?

Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life. The programme is suitable for primary and secondary schools throughout England.

Benefits include:

- Saving your school money by reducing energy costs.

- Providing a learning framework to help pupils understand the connections between transport, pollution and climate change.

- School grounds can be improved by encouraging healthier plant life and vegetable gardens. Even a tighter policy on litter can make a difference.

Where do you start?

There are four steps to get you started: register your school; set up your eco-committee; conduct an environmental review; and develop an action plan.

What else?

The Eco-Schools website has information on many activities for becoming an eco-school.

See: www.keepbritaintidy.orgecoschools

Resources

Visit the TES resources calendar for ideas on events you can host at your school. Mkunzer has shared ideas for a whole-school eco-week that are proving popular with teachers, too

In the forums

Teachers discuss how to achieve eco-school accreditation and share their ideas.

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