THE ECO SCHOOL PROGRAMME
Eco-Schools is an environmental education programme and is managed in England by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, the anti-litter campaign for England. Eco-Schools England has the most Eco-Schools in the world, with 70% of all schools in England currently registered with the programme (that’s just shy of 17,000 schools).
The Eco-Schools International Programme was developed by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) as a response to some of the needs identified at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development. The Programme’s official start was in 1994, with support of Denmark, Germany, Greece and United Kingdom.
Eco-Schools is now 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.
The Eco-Schools programme is one of five environmental education programmes run internationally by FEE. In addition to Eco-Schools, FEE runs Green Key, Young Reporters for the Environment, Blue Flag and Learning about Forests.
At Marden Primary Academy we are very proud of our Green Flag Eco-schools status. Eco-schools is an international award system which promotes ways to save our world’s resources and generally make our world a better place to live.
There are three levels of award: – Bronze, Silver and the Green Flag. In June 2014 we were delighted to gain our fourth green flag. We are one of a handful of schools in Herefordshire to gain this level and are very proud of what we have achieved. We aim to involve the whole school community including a parent representative and a link governor who reports to every governor’s meeting.
We have a committee which represents both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in the school. We share the information we have talked about during our school assemblies.
During our eco-week we revise our Eco-code which tells everyone what we try to achieve in our school. Every class now has energy representatives who help the teachers to remember to turn off lights and projectors and to shut the classroom door. We are pleased to make electricity for our school using our own photo-voltaic cells. Every Monday playtime a team of litter collectors help to keep our school grounds looking tidy. In the past pupils have led assemblies promoting aspects of eco-schools or organised events. We regularly recycle paper and card using the green Herefordshire Council bins and the village paper re-cycling bank. Eco-club meets most Tuesdays after school for Classes 3 and 4. We enjoy activities such as gardening, stamp sorting and litter collections in the school grounds and further afield.