Schools Climate Action

Ideas and resources available for schools to deliver climate action.

Educational Toolkit



The Offer

Green Schools Project

Green Schools Project woks with schools to transform the way they respond to the climate and nature crisis. We help students to lead projects, we deliver teacher training sessions, and we support schools to reduce their carbon emissions with a focus on the learning opportunities provided by this process.

Eco Schools

The Eco-Schools programme provides a simple, seven-step framework that answers this question whilst empowering young people to make a difference in their school, local community and beyond. Since 1994, millions of young people around the world have worked through the Eco-Schools Seven Steps before being recognised for their efforts with a prestigious Eco-Schools Green Flag.

Let’s Go Zero


Let’s Go Zero is the national campaign uniting teachers, pupils, parents and their schools as they all work together to be zero carbon by 2030.

working with national government to ensure the right support is in place to help all schools reach this goal through seven policy actions.

Earth Cubs


Teaching materials and content about the environment, sustainability and climate change for 3-11 year olds. Videos, lesson plans and more


ProVeg UK works with local authorities and school caterers to increase the health and sustainability of school food. They review menus and provide advice, new recipes, and plant-based cooking workshops to increase the quality and quantity of plant-based food in schools.

National education Union (NEU)


The largest education union representing teachers, lecturers, support staff, and school leaders, in maintained and independent schools and colleges across the UK.

London Sustainable Schools Forum

Forum of teachers, local authority officers, third sector workers, private sector workers, governors and others, coming together once a term in central London pub to meet, drink, inspire, discuss, share, support, create and plan.

5 Aims:

  1. To support the sustainability champions in every London school
  2. To improve communication between teachers, NGO’s and other agencies
  3. To celebrate and embrace London’s unique urban environment and community
  4. To ensure LSSF is itself a sustainable forum
  5. To be fearless, innovative, visionary, challenging, creative and passionate in supporting sustainability, recognising that it involves change




Public sector funding source

Oak Garden


Energy consumption monitoring and management system



Energy consumption monitoring and management system


Environmental and social schemes



Ashden/School Energy Efficiency

Less CO2 Campaign

LESS CO2 delivers year-long energy saving programmes for geographical ‘cluster’ of schools, including workshops covering energy saving; recording and analysing meter data; behaviour change for staff and students; and incorporating energy-related sustainability issues into the curriculum.

Solar for Schools


Solar for Schools guides schools through their journey to solar energy on their roofs, from funding, design, installation and operation, including an education package on energy and sustainability using the solar panels as the educational instrument to empower pupils.

Tips for cutting carbon and slashing energy bills



Good estate management for schools


UK Government guidance for schools energy management


Journeys and Places


Enfield Council's Journeys and Places programme empowers people in Enfield to make sustainable choices for themselves, their community and our planet.

TfL Travel for Life


Travel for Life is a new umbrella for all the previous TfL education programmes (Road Safety Club, STARS, Safety and Citizenship and TravelSmart), under one new umbrella to allow TfL to engage with more schools across London, helping to develop children's independence and confidence and create a lasting impact on the way young people travel to and from school in London.

School Streets


School Streets Initiative provides information and guidance to empower local communities who want to see School Street schemes implemented. The information is builds on practical experience and is not associated with any local authority.

Cycle Confident


Cycle Confident run Bikeability sessions in 1000s of schools across the country, training over 60,000 children a year.

Workplace Charging Scheme

Workplace Charging Scheme

UK Government Grant to provide support towards the costs of the purchase, installation and infrastructure of electric vehicle charge points at eligible places of work.

Closing date: 31 March 2025, 11:59pm (Midnight)

Enfield School Streets


Updates on Enfield School Streets programme


Greater London Authority (GLA)

GLA Reimagining rainwater in schools

The Mayor’s guide on SuDS for existing schools and how to include them.

It is designed for head teachers, business managers, school governors, site and building managers.

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT)

WWT SuDS for Schools

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust resources to deliver SuDS with schools

University of Sheffield

BEGIN Designing Blue Green Infrastructure for Health and Wellbeing

A report prepared by researchers from the University of Sheffield for built environment, water, and public health professionals in the UK. It collates and presents evidence about the potential benefits of designing Blue Green Infrastructure (BGI) to enhance mental health, physical health, and wellbeing to help professionals advocate for health-promoting BGI to policymakers; to integrate health-promoting BGI into policy, investment, and master-planning; and to design BGI in a way that maximises health benefits.

Urban Design London (UDL)

Designing Rain Gardens

A practical guide to designing raingardens

Trees for Cities

Trees for Schools Programme

Aims to transform urban school grounds into leafy green oases for both the children of today and for future generations.

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

Big School Birdwatch

Big Schools’ Birdwatch is an annual event run in tandem with the RSPB’s hugely popular citizen science survey, Big Garden Birdwatch. It’s all about counting the birds you see on your school grounds, so it’s a great way to engage children with nature, science and maths.


Learning About Forests (LEAF) programme

LEAF is a fun, bitesize programme that exists within the wider Eco-Schools award. It’s designed to give Early Years and KS1 people a deeper connection to the green spaces around them – from local forests and woodlands to parks and gardens, to the biodiversity in their learning setting.

Our Bright Future


Our Bright Future was an ambitious and innovative partnership led by The Wildlife Trusts which brought together the youth and environmental sectors. It ran from 2016 to the end of 2022. The resources and projects are available

Transform our World

Transform our World Programmes

A community of educators empowering students to take climate action

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

WWF School Campaigns

Ideas for campaigns for schools for the health of the Planet


NLWA Education Hub

A collection of resources for schools on recycling


Stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, as well as construction, engineering and waste infrastructure related careers for secondary schools

Team Repair


Team Repair programme offers schools a toolkit to deliver workshops for pupils between the years 4-11 to get hands-on experience in fixing gadgets and develop an interest in how things work integrated into the KS2/KS3 STEM curriculum.

Valpak Limited: Recycle More


Help and advice on all aspects of recycling and reuse.

Valpak Limited created the recycle-more website in 2000 so that 'seller' members of their Packaging Compliance Scheme could meet their consumer information obligations (CIOs), under the Packaging Waste Regulations, FREE of charge.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Recycling section on recycle-more is supported by members of the Distributor Take back Scheme (DTS).


This is UK’s most comprehensive recycling bank search facility and supports the Government’s own recycling brand, Recycle Now.



Encouraging children to use their creativity to find solutions to sustainability challenges and helping them to believe in their ability to effect change.


Supporting educators to equip children with the mindset and resources, to create their own more sustainable future.


Recycling Guidelines

National agreement from the recycling industry on what can and cannot be collected for recycling from householders and how those materials should be presented for collection.


  • What items can and cannot be collected for recycling
  • Contaminants that are often included
  • How the materials should be presented e.g. lids on/off
  • Reasons why certain items cannot be accepted or should be presented in a certain way.

Recycle now


UK Government’s Comprehensive Recycling information



Free Recycling Programmes for recycling solutions for typically hard-to-recycle waste streams. Join all the programmes to help reduce your impact on our planet.



Platform for the school to collect and sell 2nd hand uniforms


Promotes reusable and organic options for conventional menstrual products for girls in schools



Rubbish Removal & Waste Clearance