Young People's Trust For The Environment (YPTE)

Better Planet Schools

Supporting primary schools' access to a new online learning platform that enables children to learn about and take action to reduce their school's impact on the environment.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2021 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1153740)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£20,000

Amount raised

£20,140

Donations

63

Championed by Green Match Fund

    Categories

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

Schools have a significant environmental impact. For example, the average UK school's energy bill is £31k per year. Children often learn about environmental issues in school, but don't necessarily learn how they can take action to make a difference.

Solution

betterplanetschools.org.uk provides primary schools with 3 online learning modules per academic year, each of which contains lessons, worksheets and activities designed to be undertaken during a term. Modules provide children with the information they need to act more responsibly towards the environment, together with a programme of child-led behaviour change. Schools taking part in the pilot project saw their energy usage reduce by 10-15% as a result of child-led behaviour change.

  • The initiative has been absolutely brilliant for our school. It has allowed us to access wonderful lesson plans and activities that have helped inspire all of our pupils to think about their energy use.

    — Nicola Murray-Morris, Year 3 Teacher at Chalkwell Hall Junior School

  • We’ve been delighted with the quality of school engagement that’s been delivered. We’ve seen first hand how children’s behaviour extends to their families, creating bigger impacts.

    — Carl Robinson, Director of Public Protection, \nSouthend-on-Sea Borough Council

  • I have had the pleasure of working on the Better Planet Schools project from its infancy. If we empower young people, they will show us what they can achieve.

    — Cel Spellman, Actor, Radio and Television Presenter and YPTE President

  • The project has really got the children talking about environmental issues. They are much better informed, have access to brilliant research and materials that allow them to understand the facts properly

    — Andrew Palmer, Headteacher, Heycroft Junior School, Essex