Archive for the ‘eco schools’ Category


Free trees for schools

May 30, 2007

Tree For All is a new kind of movement that gives children the chance to understand nature and the power to care for it.

It’s about young people taking action today that will reap benefits for their children and grandchildren – a thriving landscape teeming with life.

The campaign aims to:

  • Plant 12 million trees throughout the UK between September 2004 and 2009 – that’s one tree planted for every child under 16. If all the trees were planted together they would fill 18,000 football pitches.
  • Involve one million children directly in planting trees through schools, community groups, public events or in their gardens.

School grounds in need of TLC can benefit from a free pack of 30 native trees (enough for a small grove or short length of hedge) which come with guidance on planting and maintenance plus curriculum-linked activities. There is more information here. Download the resources here.


Kingsmead Primary School, Cheshire

May 21, 2007



Kingsmead school entrance

“In 2003, Cheshire County Council began planning Kingsmead Primary School as a model of sustainable construction. The school, which opened in 2004 to serve a new housing development, is a curved, wooden north-facing arc. It has:


  • a vegetable garden
  • uninterrupted view to green space from every classroom
  • pupil Recyling Officers so that all paper waste is recycled.
  • unsurprisingly, Kingsmead quickly gained a silver award from Eco-Schools.

Curriculum Links

Environmental education is part of the curriculum – the workings of the building are on view, and incorporated into history lessons and science lessons. Laptops in the classroom show how conditions are being maintained and rainwater trickles through transparent pipes in the corridor. The school is now developing a wildlife pond, for use as an outdoor classroom.

travel is important too… We ask all families to walk or cycle to school.”


suatainable schools area at TeacherNet

May 2, 2007

The Sustainable Schools area of TeacherNet is designed to support schools on their journey to sustainability, introducing the principles of sustainable development and offering guidance on how to embed these principles into the heart of school life. The 2006/07 Academic Year is a Year of Action on Sustainable development for schools. The DfES will be working with partners to provide resources and materials to help embed sustainable development into all areas of school life.


local resources

March 26, 2007

there are a number of eco schools in Bristol listed on the Recycling Consortium website. They are based at the Create centre in Bristol and offer numerous resources & information for teachers & pupils.

The Recycling Consortium’s Education Team offer FREE workshops and assemblies to schools in Bristol and North Somerset.


what is an eco school?

March 26, 2007

The Eco-Schools programme provides a simple framework to enable your school to analyse its operations and become more sustainable.

By following the programme, your school will become a more stimulating place in which to learn, whilst reducing the environmental impact of the whole school on the community.

The scheme is rooted in a genuine desire to help children become more effective citizens by encouraging them to take responsibility for the future of their own environment. It is not about environmental excellence, it is about your school starting to look at how it impacts upon the environment and how this is decided upon and can be managed.