Informing and involving

Informing and involving

To maximise the impact of Eco-Schools work, the Eco-Committee will need to get as many people involved as possible. They might also want to get involved with environmental projects that are happening nearby. The Eco-Committee can let people know about their Eco-Schools work by having a prominent and eye-catching noticeboard, giving assemblies and class presentations and by organising fun events. They could exercise their fellow pupils’ artistic side by asking them to design posters too. By involving the wider community, the Eco-Committee will be helping even more people to get involved in looking after the environment.

Eco-Board

Put up a prominent noticeboard to showcase your Eco-Schools work.

There are various ways that the Eco-Committee can spread the word about the Eco-Schools work taking place in school.

The Green Flag award criteria state that, by Green Flag level, you must be using your Eco-Board to detail your activities. This could include:

  • Details of who is a member of the Eco-Committee
  • Details of the next meeting
  • Copies of meeting agendas and minutes
  • Photographs of your work
  • Graphs of the monitoring and evaluation of your work
  • A copy of your Action Plan
  • A copy of your Environmental Review

Involving the whole school or setting

Getting others involved in your Eco-Schools work and making sure they stay informed.

One of the best ways of involving the whole school is to hold a regular Day of Action. This provides an opportunity for everyone in your school to get together to work towards achieving some of the targets set out in your Action Plan. You could hold a clean-up event or ditch the junk food for a healthy-eating day. You could even turn off lights and heating for the day and hold some of your lessons in the school grounds.

The following ideas show how you can enhance your Eco-Schools work by including the whole school and the wider community.

When the Eco-Committee is formed:

  • Electing pupil representatives
  • Creating an Eco-Board featuring Eco-Committee members
  • Deciding on which Eco-Schools topics to tackle

At Environmental Review stage:

  • Surveying the school and wider community
  • Letters to local businesses to find potential waste operators
  • Letters to parents identifying skills the school is looking to secure

When preparing your Action Plan:

  • Regular feedback to pupils and staff through assemblies or at form time
  • Arranging speakers from outside organisations and businesses
  • Extending the Action Plan to include activities for pupils to do at home
  • Displaying Action Plan targets on the Eco-Board

Launching Eco-School projects:

  • Organising a school-wide launch event explaining the aim and reason for the project
  • Issuing a call to action for pupils and parents

As part of monitoring and evaluation:

  • Updating and encouraging the whole school at assemblies and form time
  • Displaying results of your activities throughout the school
  • Including real-life monitoring in curriculum work (eg graphs of how pupils get to school)

Celebrate your achievements:

  • Commending or rewarding participants
  • Informing the local media
  • Organising a celebration event.

Informing and involving criteria

Bronze Award

  • The school has a prominent and designated Eco-Board detailing all Eco-Schools activities, including a copy of the Environmental Review, Action Plan, minutes, before and after photographs and photographs of Eco-Committee members

Silver Award

  • The school has a prominent and designated Eco-Board detailing all Eco-Schools activities, including a copy of the Environmental Review, Action Plan, minutes, before and after photographs and photographs of Eco-Committee members
  • The Eco-Committee regularly communicates Eco-Schools activities to the entire school and wider community through assemblies and school newsletters

Green Flag Award

  • The school has a prominent and designated Eco-Board detailing all Eco-Schools activities, including a copy of the Environmental Review, Action Plan, minutes, before and after photographs and photographs of Eco-Committee members
  • The Eco-Committee regularly communicates Eco-Schools activities to the entire school and wider community through assemblies, school newsletters, by Parent Mail and approved social media.
  • The wider community is involved in activities going on in and around the school, eg parents, carers, local businesses, environmental organisations, local churches and residential groups and homes

Learning outcomes

Communication and organising are key to effective Eco-Schools activity that gets the whole school involved.

Communicating ideas and projects to a wider audience and getting them involved in projects are key skills in the modern world. Your Eco-Committee will have the chance to develop a lot of these skills as they get their peers involved in their Eco-Schools work.

  • Communication
  • Public speaking
  • Design
  • Literacy
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity
  • Facilitation
  • Organising
  • Community engagement

Interactive Eco-School

You can find a greener version of pretty much everything your school uses; pencils, carpets, uniforms, energy. Here you can investigate how you can ‘green’ your school

Interactive Eco-School