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Eco Schools Workshop

Workshop for Ecoschools attending MARS (CR) day

Susan Falch-Lovesey

on 19 March 2013

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Transcript of Eco Schools Workshop

Sue Falch-Lovesey
Head Environmental & Outdoor Learning Eco Schools Workshop Eco Committee Action Plan School Eco-Committee meets at least once every half term & has met on at least 6 occassions

Representatives from as many different classes as possible as well as non-teaching school staff and parents

Pupils take significant responsibility for running the committee

top tip - signpost pupils to;
www.jointhepod.org Environmental Review Auditing tool for the school and an essential part of the programme (1 x per year)

Pupils/Eco-Committee have led on carrying out the review

Covers the Eco-Schools nine topics and procurement

Looks at what school is already doing and helps to inform Action Plan

Discussed by eco-committee and communicated to the whole school Environmental Review informs the Action Plan

Produced by Eco-Committee members

Contains details on:-
timescales, targets
who is responsible
how eco work will be monitored and evaluated
This is then shared with the rest of the school.

Green Flag - need to cover 3 topic areas in detail Linking to the curriculum Sustainability has been covered in at least 3 curriculum areas by most year groups

Some ideas could include:-

Looking at local sustainability issues in Geography
Energy/Water readings used in Maths
An assembly or newsletter is produced / delivered by pupils as part of English
Posters created in Art lessons
The benefits of green cleaning products are investigated in science
Developing sustainable skills Involving the whole school
and wider community Prominent, designated notice board, detailing Eco-Schools activities

The Eco-Committee regularly communicates Eco-Schools activities to the whole school and wider community (e.g. via assemblies and newsletters)
Remember to involve and share progress with Governors Monitoring and evaluation Physical evidence has been collected including data collection and analysis

Some of this data has been used in curriculum work

The school has shared the results of monitoring with the wider school

Targets are set for reduction

This can be done for all of the nine topics.

Some different evaluation methods might help..... Eco Code The Eco-Code is known and understood by the majority of pupils and staff

The school has an agreed, adopted and displayed Eco-Code.

The Eco-Code is displayed (in every classroom) and it is shared (and understood) by the school and the wider community What skills/attitudes do
student's need for
a sustainable future? List 9 skills/attitudes on the
post-it notes. Arrange these skills/attitudes on
the piece of paper in
order of importance. How have the skills been arranged?

What does this show? Heart Bin Bag Used as a group or individually
to record:-

What students have learnt
What students have loved
What skills/ attitudes students will take away

3 pieces of A3 paper labelled heart, bin, bag

Collate findings Diamond Ranking Photo Diary Involves taking photos of the different activities over time

A useful way for the students to visually remember activities in a way they could share with their school peers, teachers and families.
Also before and after photos
work well! Introduction Explore 7 key strands of Eco Schools

Identify some skills needed for sustainable development

Look at a few ways to evaluate progress Eco Schools is a relevant way to develop
pupil participation and leadership, it
helps pupils to develop meaningful links to the community - that are mutually beneficial

Approaches sustainability in a holistic way and develops skills for sustainability

www.eco-schools.org.uk Summary Used in the previous activity for sustainable skills

A set of factors / key themes - arranging them in order of importance

E.g. Asking students what would make their school successful in being environmentally friendly NB - School needs to be mainly litter free to gain Green Flag Benefits.....
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