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Eco Schools

Overview of the Eco Schools Programme
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Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging 19.5 million children across 67 countries, making it the largest educational programme on the planet.

 

For over 25 years, Eco-Schools has been empowering children to drive change and improve their environmental awareness through the simple Seven-Step framework in order to achieve the international Eco-Schools Green Flag.

 

Eco-Schools develops pupils’ skills, raises environmental awareness, improves the school environment and creates financial savings for schools as well as a whole host of other benefits.

 

Pheasey Park Farm Primary School and Early Years Centre achieved the Eco Schools Green Flag in 2017. Since then, we have successfully renewed our Green Flag three times, as renewal of the award used to be compulsory every two years but is now annually.

 

The most recent Green Flag renewal was successful in July 2023 where we received the award with a Merit and received the following detailed feedback:

 

'It's wonderful that you have appointed such a representative Eco-Committee, this shows your school’s excellent commitment to both the programme and the eco-cause. We love your democratic and fair approach to appointing Eco-Committee members. It’s great to see that other pupils played a part in the process. It was also wonderful to see that they were supported by no less than three members of staff and that a key member of the SLT was deeply involved.

 

We love that you kept minutes from your meetings and that they helped to track, guide and prompt your activity, and thank you for including the excellent example. It was great to see that young people were responsible for completing those meeting minutes – this helps them develop new skills! This is a mature and professional approach. Great work!

 

Your Action Plan shows that your Eco-Committee have carefully considered how they can involve their entire school in their planned Eco-Schools’ activities to achieve maximum impacts and raise awareness amongst their school community. We love the range of activities that you and your Eco-Committee planned for delivery. The fact that they cover both indoor (a Waste Week, clothes recycling) and outdoor (building new planters, minibeast surveys and creating a great new wildflower meadow) activities is excellent. It was also great to see accountability and monitoring and evaluation clearly marked in your Action Plan. Great work!

 

Your Curriculum Link examples are imaginative, practical and fun, making environmental education accessible and engaging, well done! We’re really impressed at how you’ve linked environmental issues to a variety of curriculum areas. We loved seeing the excellent examples of your lesson materials, pupil’s work and photos of them enjoying their activities. This is a great example of layering in sustainability and climate change into your studies.We loved reading about how you had incorporated learning about global issues not only into the Geography and Science Curriculum in your school, but also into other areas such as English. Great work!

 

We love that your pupils have taken their great work beyond the school gates and into their local community with your fabulous ‘scented garden’ fieldwork at Walsall Arboretum, your ‘Sow, Plant & Grow’ visits to local allotments, support of the local Thomas Project food bank and a superb promotional video for your Keep Britain Tidy activities (we were

naturally impressed). We are certain that your pupils will have greatly benefitted from your involvement with such outside organisations as the RSPB Garden Birdwatch, Rags2Riches, who helped with your clothing recycling, The Canal & River Trust, The Pod, who helped with your Waste Week and the Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean (well, naturally).

 

The parent quote is a great testament to the work that you are doing with your Eco-Committee, that they are taking their Eco-Schools work home with them and getting their families on board is something to be proud of!

 

I hope you and your Eco-Committee take great pride in your achievements, when listed it's surprising how many there are – however, the real improvements to your school environment with the waste recycling and biodiversity initiatives. Congratulations to everyone for the great work you have managed to do, earning your Green Flag with Merit in style. You should all be very proud of your work and the application you have submitted!'

 

To find out more information about the Eco Schools programme, you can visit their website here

Home - Eco Schools (eco-schools.org.uk)

 

Eco Warriors
Elected Roles

 

Eco Warriors have the opportunity to nominate themselves for the role of Chair, Vice Chair or Secretary of the Eco Committee.

 

 

Eco Code

 

The Eco Code is our school environmental mission statement which reflects the topics that our Eco action plan is based on and demonstrates our school's commitment to being sustainable.

 

Every year, pupils throughout the school are set the challenge to create an updated Eco Code that reflects our school Eco actions, which they are informed about through key stage assemblies and the Eco display board. The Eco Committee then engage in discussion about all the entries and vote on which they believe to be the most relevant, effective Eco Code. The chosen Eco Code is displayed in prominent places around the school including classrooms, main reception, staff room, corridors and offices.

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Calendar of School Eco Events

Info to follow.

Eco in the News

Watching ‘Your Planet’ on BBC Newsround is a great way to keep up to date with news articles related to nature and the environment.

 

Click on the link below to view Your Planet:

 https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51376710

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