The school gains a realistic picture of their current environmental and sustainability performance inside and outside of the classroom by doing an Environmental Review. The review is led by the Eco-Committee and should enable them to see how well (or not) the school is performing. The review should be designed and led by pupils, but there are guidance sheets and template forms on our website to help schools along. Carry out surveys, monitor behaviours, use questionnaires, create graphs, take photographs and present the results on the Eco-Board, in classes and at assembly.
How to do an Environmental Review
You are free to design your environmental review process or follow one of our templates. It must cover all nine topics.
The Environmental Review must be led by the Eco-Committee and include all nine Eco-Schools topics. Some areas may need support from an adult.
It is up to a school whether they wish to design their own Environmental Review or download a review template from our tools and resources.
An Environmental Review should include a series of simple questions. Simple yes/no answers to each question may provide sufficient information but you may wish to use the Environmental Review to gain a greater understanding of the issues facing the school or include recommendations for action.
There are many opportunities to link this activity with the curriculum, particularly with maths, science and IT. Measuring, recording, estimating, displaying data, etc. can all be developed to meet national educational targets, as well as contributing to Eco-Schools.
Environmental Review criteria
- An informal Environmental Review of the school is carried out covering all nine topics
- Results of the Environmental Review are discussed by the Eco-Committee
- Following the Environmental Review, some activities are planned that will change and improve the environmental performance of the school
- Pupils and adults carry out an Environmental Review of the school, covering all nine topics
- A copy of the Environmental Review is displayed on the Eco-Board and communicated with the whole school along with planned activities for improvement
- Pupils and adults on the Eco-Committee plan and carry out an Environmental Review of the school in consultation with some non-teaching staff covering all nine topics
- A copy of the Environmental Review is displayed on the Eco-Board and communicated with the whole school along with detailed plans for activities for improvement
- An Environmental Review can be undertaken every year as best practice, however it is only compulsory for the Green Flag to be carried out every two years to coincide with your renewal application
Bronze: The Eco-Committee has completed an Environmental Review of the school, covering all nine topics. The results have been discussed by the Eco-Committee;
Silver: The results have been shared with the rest of the school;
Green Flag: Pupils lead the Environmental Review (where possible). The review is carried out every two years (ideally annually) and the results are kept to monitor progress.
The Environmental Review step gives your pupils chances to develop scientific, numeracy and communication skills.
There are many different ways to carry out an environmental review and even more ways to share findings from it. Skills and values you might be able nurture include:
- Independent learning
- Scientific survey