Hello all - I've been reading the posts on this website with great interest - it's fantastic to know that green is definitely the new black!
Just a bit more about the Eco Schools programme - part of a wider international movement, it's a truly inclusive, whole-school approach to a more sustainable way of life that's been active in the UK since 1994. It's devolved to the national governments of the four 'home nations' and currently, Scotland leads the world in terms of the percentage of schools participating - nearly 88% of local authority schools have signed up, and 15% have achieved the top award - the Green Flag.
Schools are asked to follow a logical, seven-part programme with a 'menu' of eight environmental topics. In Scotland (as in the rest of the UK), there are three levels of award - Bronze, Silver and the coveted Green Flag. Schools must renew their Green Flags every two years.
The Eco Schools Scotland website (http://www.ecoschoolsscotland.org) contains loads of useful information on how to get going as an Eco School and, most importantly, what pupils themselves can do to make a difference.
It's important to remember, however, that it's the quality of the teaching and learning that the assessors are interest in on a Green Flag assessment visit - it would be very unfair to penalise staff and pupils that are housed in poor-quality buildings through no fault of their own!
Eco Schools are always delighted to have parental involvement in their eco work, so if you're interested in helping out, it may be worth approaching your local school to see if they need a hand…!
Senior Officer, Eco Schools Scotland