Young People's Trust For The Environment (YPTE)

Better Planet Schools

Supporting primary schools' access to an online learning platform that enables children to learn about and take action to reduce their school's impact on the environment. As a result of this, many of the children take their learning home and reduce their families' impacts too.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2022 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2022

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1153740)

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Championed by The Big Give Trust


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


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


United Kingdom


Schools use significant amounts of energy, with the average school's energy bill (in 2020) running to £31,000 per year. With energy costs set to rise in April 2022, bills could reach £80,000 per year in some schools. Children often learn about environmental issues at school, but don't necessarily learn how they can take action to make a difference.

Solution provides primary schools in the UK access to 3 online learning modules per year, each of which contains lessons, worksheets and activities designed to be undertaken over the course of a school term. Modules provide the children with the information they need to act more responsibly, together with ideas for child-led behaviour change campaigns. Pilot schools have reduced their energy usage by at least 10% and as much as 15% as a result of 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, Teacher at Chalkwell Hall Junior School, Southend-on-Sea

  • 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, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

  • 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

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

    — Cel Spellman Actor, Radio 1 DJ, Television Presenter and YPTE President