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Get help with Eco-Schools

Find useful documents to help your Eco-Schools work.

Here you'll find some useful documents to help you with each step of the Eco-Schools framework. 

For more lots more detailed information about the Eco-Schools, visit the Eco-Schools England website (opens in a new window) or contact the Sustainable Schools Officer.

If you are looking for funding for school grounds projects, see Improving School Outdoor Spaces Grants & Funding List (pdf, 276kb) (opens in a new window).

What's involved?

Eco-Schools is a pupil-led programme. Work is led by a pupil Eco-Team (with the support of a wonderful Eco-Coordinator) who then involve the rest of the school in awareness, campaigns and activities. Working towards a Green Flag award can take a school anywhere from 18 months to 5 years - the pace is up to you.

Summary of Eco-Schools awards criteria (pdf, 481kb) (opens in a new window)


Your Eco-Committee should be made up of pupils representing all age groups in the school, plus any staff, Governors or parent helpers. You should meet regularly and make sure you record keep records of your meetings.  

Minutes template (pdf, 229kb) (opens in a new window)

Environmental review

Get the clip boards out and help the Eco-Committee to review the school environment. A Review should be done at least once every 2 years.  

Action plan

Using what you learned from your Environmental Review and the pupil's own ideas and interests, help the Eco-Committee to come up with a plan of action. (This should be a working document - revisit it, add to it, change it, scribble on it as you go along).

Involving and informing

At every step along the way, make sure the Eco-Committee let everyone in school know what they're planning and how they can help.

Involving the whole school suggestions (pdf, 271kb) (opens in a new window)

Linking to the curriculum 

Keep a record of the curriculum learning on environmental topics done in school. Don't forget to include any curriculum learning outdoors and work done using school data. E.g. energy monitoring data.

Curriculum check sheet (pdf, 46kb) (opens in a new window)


Involve as many people as you can to write an Eco-Code and be as original as you like! Here are some examples from Dorset Schools.  

Eco-Code example (pdf, 25kb) (opens in a new window)

Apply for awards

Think you might be ready to apply for an award? View the Eco-Schools award checklist (pdf, 481kb) (opens in a new window)and Green Flag application and assessment tips (pdf, 404kb) (opens in a new window).

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