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					Introducing Eco-Schools and Exploring the
Links between Every Child Matters and the
    DCSF Sustainable Schools Strategy


             Emma Jones
        Education Project Officer
           Introduction
•   About ENCAMS
•   What is Eco-Schools?
•   Getting started
•   Benefits
•   Links with other government strategies
•   Eco-Schools news
              ENCAMS
• Founded in 1954 by the Women‟s Institute
  who ran the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign
• Government funded charity
• Run public campaigns to change public
  behaviour
     ENCAMS Programmes

• Eco-Schools


• Blue Flag


• Quality Coast Award
      Eco-Schools Award Scheme
             Background
• Programme developed by
  the Foundation for
  Environmental Education
  (FEE) in 1994 following the
  Earth Summit in Rio, 1992
• Need to involve young
  people in finding solutions to
  environmental & sustainable
  development challenges
• Introduced into UK in 1995
Global Participation
             • Eco-Schools operates in 44
               countries
             • Over 40,000 Schools are
               registered world-wide
             • More than 6,000 schools
               have achieved Green Flag
               status globally
             • 11,388 schools are working
               towards achieving green
               flag status in England
             • 845 schools currently fly the
               green flag in England
Inclusive of Other Programmes and Award
                 Schemes
•   Eco-Schools has a whole school approach and as such works best in
    conjunction with other well established initiatives already in place in
    school
•   All schools completing the Healthy Schools Award and International
    Schools Award can use the hard work they have completed for those
    schemes as evidence for their Eco-School awards
•   Similarly work done with BTCV, Groundwork, BBC Breathing Places,
    School Travel Plans, Food for Life Partnership etc would also count
What is the Eco-Schools Programme?
  An international programme aiming to make environmental
  awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of the
  school

   • It encourages whole-school action for the environment,
     focusing on pupil leadership
   • It is a recognised award scheme, rewarding & accrediting
     schools committed to improving their environmental
     performance
   • It is a learning resource, raising awareness of sustainable
     development & citizenship issues through active involvement
   • Provides international links for registered schools via
     www.eco-schools.net and via a new partnership with the
     British Council‟s Global Gateway
         How it works
• Register through the website:
  www.eco-schools.org.uk
• Set up an Eco-Committee / Action Team
• Perform an Environmental Review
• Write an Action Plan
• Deliver projects
• Apply for an Award
                Awards

  • Bronze level Award
                                  Self-assessed
  • Silver level Award

  • Green Flag Award (Assessor visits the
    school ~1.5 - 2 hour visit )

• Award Renewal (every 2 years)
    Eco-Schools Themes
•   Litter
•   Waste
•   Energy
•   Water
•   Transport
•   School Grounds
•   Healthy Living
•   Biodiversity
•   Global Perspective
    Getting Started – The Action Team
The action team must include:
• Pupils (chosen or elected) – from as many year groups as
  possible
• A member of staff

The action team is also encouraged to include:

•   A governor
•   A parent
•   A non-teaching staff member
•   The caretaker or site manager
•   A representative from the local authority
  Small steps, big difference
• Switching off lights and electrical equipment
  when not in use – use of timers and pupils to
  monitor each classroom
• Heating controls in each building – change
  thermostat as necessary
• Insulation
• Energy efficient equipment
• Updating thermostats on radiators
• Energy efficient light bulbs
Small steps, big difference
• Changing the timer flush on urinals
• Push taps – sinks and showers
• Hippos / blocks in cisterns
• Check old pipe work and cisterns for
  leaks
• Good use of stickers, signs and posters
               Benefits
Participating schools say that Eco-Schools
  helps:
• To prepare Children for a changing world
• To promote creative thinking about global issues
• The whole school to work together
• To promote creative thinking about solutions
• In educating parents and the wider community
• In introducing alternative teaching styles
• To save money and create funding opportunities
         Comments from OFSTED
• “By the end of KS1, children‟s appreciation of
  environmental issues is well above average. This
  reflects the opportunities children have to participate
  in the Eco-Schools Project”

• “Participation in the Eco-Schools project is
  encouraging a sense of responsibility towards the
  environment and the community.”

• “The School‟s participation in the Eco-Schools
  initiative has encouraged pupils‟ interest in
  geographical topics.”
Linking with National Strategies: DCSF
  National Framework for Sustainable
               Schools
• Government initiative launched in spring 2006
• Focuses on social and environmental issues
• DCSF would like to see schools become models of
  sustainable development by 2020
• Eco-Schools can help schools achieve the
  Governments Sustainable Schools framework
• The Eco-Schools process and nine themes match up
  with the Sustainable Schools 8 doorways
• More info at:
  http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/sustainableschools
Healthy
Living/Waste
                             Energy/Water              Buildings and       Litter/
                                                       grounds            Biodiversity/
                                 Energy and water                         School grounds
        Food and drink

                                                              Overall
                                                              Programme
         Transport

                       Linking Eco-Schools with the
                                                                       Local well-being
                             Eight Doorways
Travel and traffic


                     Waste                                     Global dimension

  Purchasing and
                                                  Overall                  Global
  waste                             Inclusion and Programme                Perspective
                                    participation
                              July 2007 ENCAMS asked by the DCSF to „Map‟
                              existing Award Programmes to:
                                ‘Explain how each of the national programmes
                                 compliment each other and contribute to the
                                        Sustainable Schools Strategy’
                              • Supported by Head Teachers in Industry and
                              each of the main award schemes
                              • Document published by DCSF in July 2008
                              • Eco-Schools delivers all 8 Doorways across
                              Campus, Curriculum and Community




http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/sustainableschools/
Information presented graphically with simple
explanations
       Linking with National Strategies:
             Every Child Matters
The Government's aim is for every child, whatever their
background or their circumstances, to have the support
they need to:
 •   Be healthy
 •   Stay safe
 •   Enjoy and achieve
 •   Make a positive contribution
 •   Achieve economic well-being
 •   More information at
     http://www.everychildmatters.gov.uk
               EDF Energy

•   4 year relationship
•   Olympic Sponsor
•   The Pod
•   Show Sponsor
         Training Courses
• One day courses
• Teachers „How to deliver Eco-Schools‟
• Local Authorities „How to support Eco-
  Schools‟
• Linked to NI Challenge and Display
  Energy Certification
Introducing…
     The
   Asdan
Environmental
   Award
Who can do it?
       • Anyone from aged 11

         Where?

       • Eco-Schools, schools,
         colleges, youth centres,
         residential courses, home-
         educated….
How long does
   it take?         Environmental
                    Award


 • 10 hours              Clare Baird

 • 30 hours
 • 60 hours     1

                    36

   credits
Eco-Schools for Early Years
• New resources
  available for
  children‟s centres
  and nurseries
• Revised guidance
  and criteria
              The Big Tidy Up
• National Tidy Up -
• Tie-in with the school-
  grounds theme of Eco-
  Schools
• Companies
  Encouraged to take
  part
  www.thebigtidyup.org
Eco-Schools Show 2009
      Contact information
Website: www.eco-schools.org.uk
E-mail: eco-schools@encams.org

ENCAMS
Elizabeth House
The Pier
Wigan
WN3 4EX
Tel. 01942 612621

				
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