Eco-Schools is an environmental education programme managed in England by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, the anti-litter campaign in England.
Eco-Schools England has the most Eco-Schools in the world, with 70% of all schools in England currently registered with the programme (that's nearly 17,000 schools).
The Eco- Schools International Programme was developed by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) as a response to some of the needs identified at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (also known as 'The Earth Summit'). The Eco-Schools programme officially started in 1994, with the support of Denmark, Germany, Greece and the United Kingdom.
Eco-Schools is now run in 53 countries around the world, linking more than 40,000 schools - from the UK to France and from Morocco to South Africa!
Eco-Schools aims to guide schools on their sustainable journey, providing a simple framework to help make sustainability an integral part of school life.
The Stafford Borough Eco-Schools Network encourages schools to join up to the Eco-Schools programme, which is a great way to help your school become more sustainable. However, if you don't wish to follow this programme, you are still welcome to be part of our local Eco-Schools Network.
The benefits of joining the national Eco-Schools include:
Once registered, schools follow a simple seven-step process which helps them to address a variety of environmental themes, ranging from litter and waste to healthy living and biodiversity.
Pupils are the driving force behind Eco-Schools - they form and lead an
Eco-Committee and help to carry out an audit to assess the environmental performance of the school. In conjunction with the rest of the school and the wider community, it's the pupils that decide the environmental themes they want to address and how they're going to do it.
Measuring and monitoring is an integral part of the Eco-Schools programme, providing schools with all the evidence they need to showcase their environmental success. In fact, Eco-Schools can fit into virtually all aspects of the curriculum and help to make learning, both inside and outside the classroom, fun and engaging.
Schools work towards gaining one of three awards - Bronze, Silder and the Green Flag award, which symbolises excellence in the field of environmental activity. Bronze and Silder are both self accredited through the Eco- Schools website and the Green Flag is externally assessed by Keep Britain Tidy volunteers.
Any school can join the Eco-Schools programme, whether they're a nursery, primary school, secondary school, college, or a school with special status.
Joining the Eco-Schools programme is completely free and is designed to be as flexible as possible.
To get started on your journey, register with Eco-Schools now!