Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.
Becoming part of Eco-Schools is simple. Registration is free for schools and can be completed online.
Once registered, schools will receive regular newsletters and email bulletins with access to national and regional information, competitions and funding. Only registered schools can apply for an award. Schools follow a simple seven-step process which helps to address a variety of environmental themes, ranging from litter and waste to healthy living and biodiversity.
Children are the driving force behind Eco-Schools – they lead the Eco-Committee and help to carry out an audit to assess the environmental performance of your school. In conjunction with the rest of the school and the wider community, it’s your pupils who decide the environmental themes they want to address and how they’re going to do it.
Eco-Schools is managed in England by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, which is the anti-litter campaign for England. The programme is one of five environmental education programmes run internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). In addition to Eco-Schools, FEE runs Green Key, Young Reporters for the Environment, Blue Flag and Learning about Forests.
Eco-Schools is 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 is administered in Scotland by Keep Scotland Beautiful; in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy; and in Northern Ireland by Tidy Northern Ireland.