zero carbon schools


Zero Carbon Schools helps schools get serious about sustainability and respond to the climate crisis.

It is a cross-curricular programme for Years 4 – 8 with links to science, geography, maths, English, PSHE and art. As a result of the programme, pupils will:

  • Learn more about climate change and feel empowered to take action in their school community
  • Develop leadership, communication, problem solving and teamwork skills
  • Calculate an estimate of their school’s carbon emissions
  • Lead meaningful projects to reduce the school’s carbon footprint

We know that pupils and teachers want to see climate change more widely taught and discussed in school. Designed by teachers, the Zero Carbon Schools programme contains a comprehensive set of session plans, activities and support to make it happen.

Research shows that teachers would like help and support with climate education, so our programme includes two CPD sessions to be delivered during the year. One on Climate Reality and Response, helping staff to better understand the climate crisis and giving them the opportunity to get involved with action at school to tackle it. The other is on Bringing Climate and Nature into the Curriculum, supporting teachers in all years and subject areas to enhance their lessons with a topic that pupils care about and want to learn more.

The Zero Carbon Schools programme is being run in 43 schools this academic year. We are now looking for schools to sign up to run the programme next academic year starting after October half term. With 45 minutes to 1 hour a week for one or two classes or groups, the programme will help to embed climate education into the curriculum and the culture of your school.

Due to funding from trusts and foundations, the programme is free for schools to join. There is also the option for additional support and visits for those schools that have a small budget available.

This is the defining issue of our time. By adopting a whole school, student-led approach, your school can show leadership in the face of the climate emergency.

Leave your details here to find out more about Zero Carbon Schools

    What happens next?

    After providing your details, our programme manager, Beth, will be in touch with an information document that has a link to a school agreement which you will need to complete to secure your place.

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