General Criteria 

  • The School is registered with Eco - Schools Australia, up to date with annual subscription & has provided all requested “Baseline” reporting data 
  • The School keeps a portfolio of evidence of Eco - Schools activities and projects completed (Eco - Schools Portfolio) 
  • The School completes the relevant online application form with supporting documents fr om their Eco - Schools Portfolio

Eco - committee 

  • The school has an Eco - Committee that meets at least once a term , and members include:
    • Pupils
    • Teachers - Parent/governor representative 
  • Minutes are kept of meetings and progress reported back to class 
  • Pupils share responsibility with adults for running the committee, e.g. chairing, voting, taking minutes. (At teachers’ discretion, based on age and ability of pupils involved.)

Environmental Review 

  • The Eco - Committee completes an Environmental Review of t he school at least once a year against their chosen Eco - Schools themes  
  • Results of the review have been recorded , discussed by the Eco - Committee and communicated with the whole school to generate project ideas.

Action Plan (work on themes) 

  • The Eco - Committee has produced a detailed Action Plan , influenced by the Environmental Review, covering 2+ Eco - Schools themes. 
  • The action plan details timescales , targets and measures , and who is responsible 
  • Action Plan updates and other evidence in the Eco - Schools portfolio show achievements against at least 2 Eco - Schools themes

Monitor & Evaluate 

  • School has submitted baseline and follow - up data as required by Eco - Schools Australia 
  • The Eco - Committee collects evidence of completed Eco - Schools activities & action projects into their Eco - Schools Portfolio e.g samples of work, before and after photos, data collection 
  • The Eco - Committee can evaluate impacts of Eco - Schools action projects by reflecting on information they have collected

Curriculum Links 

  • The school can demonstrate that Eco - Schools themes are explored in at least three curriculum areas by most year groups 
  • Aspects of Eco - Schools activities such as Environmental Review, Monitoring & Evaluation and Informing & Involving, are integrated into a range of subjects across the curriculum for at least one year group .

Inform & Involve 

  • The school has a prominent, designated notice board , detailing Eco - Schools activities 
  • Details of Eco - Schools activities are put on the School’s web site (if the school has one) 
  • The Eco - Committee regularly communicates Eco - Schools activities to the whole school (eg. via assemblies) and to the wider community (e.g. via the school newsletter & website.)

Eco - code 

  • The school has agreed, adopted and displayed their Eco - Code 
  • The Eco Code is reviewed by the whole school every year to make sure it remains relevant

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