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Information for governors about Eco-Schools

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Through the environmental education team, Leicester City Council supports all schools in the city to become more sustainable. Our outcomes are reducing carbon, engaging young people and/or teachers in environmental education, provides opportunities to showcase Leicester City Council and our partners & raises awareness of the climate emergency and how to proactively combat it. Ultimately, we want to support all schools to achieve and maintain Green Flag status in the next 3 years.

Further information

On 1 February 2019 Leicester City Council declared a Climate Emergency. The declaration is an acknowledgement that: 

  • Climate change is happening, and threatens the wellbeing of everyone in Leicester and worldwide 
  • The speed and scale of global and local action to tackle the problem needs to be dramatically increased

In its declaration, the Council committed to developing a new action plan to address the emergency through our own services and projects.

We have two flagship carbon reduction programmes for Leicester City schools – BESS Energy and Salix funded Public Sector Decarbonisation works.

One of the commitments for Salix funded schools is to declare a climate emergency and associated action plan through Lets Go Zero 2030 as a school – this aligns perfectly with the Eco-Schools programme.

Let’s Go Zero 2030 is a campaign delivered by Ashden which many schools in Leicester have previously participated in. Signing up (which needs to be done by either a school senior leader of governor) is a commitment to tackling climate change and will ultimately create a school wide carbon reduction plan

As the Eco-Schools programme continues to increase in the city, governing bodies have been asked to identify a link governor for Eco-Schools and the environment.  Annual training takes place to provide Governors with further information about how they can support their school in developing a whole school ethos. The training is offered to governors who have taken on the responsibility as Eco-Schools/Environment link as well as those who are interested to find out more.

The next available date will appear here when a date is released.

Aims of the session:

  • To understand the Eco-Schools Programme
  • Understand the role of the Eco-Schools link governor
  • Provide opportunities for schools to link with Eco-Schools and similar environmental programme

As well as one to one support, schools are able to engage through half-termly #EcoTeachmeets, staff training, resource planning & workshops, an annual Eco-Schools conference & celebration event and keep up to date through a dedicated Twitter account, monthly eBulletins and termly newsletters. The Eco-Schools programme provides exciting opportunities for students in curriculum time as well as outside the classroom.

There are 10 areas that are covered in the Eco-Schools framework:

  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Water
  • Litter
  • Global citizenship
  • Healthy living
  • Transport
  • School grounds
  • Biodiversity
  • Marine

There are three levels of Eco-schools award: BronzeSilver & Green flag. Bronze and Silver are self-certified online, Green Flag involves completing an application form and an Eco-Schools assessor visit. 

Air quality education programme

Governors are encouraged to participate in air quality education offer. This will be delivered through a tailored programme of activity to suit your school’s needs and links into the national curriculum.

There will be opportunities to participate in activities inside and outside of the classroom; performing experiments and investigating local air pollution levels, as well as planning bespoke activities with students and teachers to campaign for healthy air and tackle air pollution.

Schools will be offered support and guidance, with the option of sessions led by the Air Quality Education Officer. Tools and resources will be available for teachers to independently incorporate activities into your own lesson plans – making our programme adaptable. Further information available on the air quality education microsite.

For more information about projects, activities and initiatives in Leicester please take a look around the Eco-Schools micro-site or if you require further information, please contact Lee Jowett.

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