About this activity

Suitable for nursery, primary and secondary schools.

Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed ecological principles into the heart of school life. 

Like STARS, Eco-Schools encourages children to travel to school sustainably and actively. It aims to instil good habits at school that in turn lead to positive change in behaviour at home and in the wider community. 

If you choose to work towards an Eco-Schools award this also counts towards your STARS accreditation. You will receive support through a range of resources, tools and advice provided by the Eco-Schools team.

For more information visit the Eco-Schools website where you can sign up to take part.

How to evidence your activity

  • Involve your borough officer: Share your ideas, agree your targets and discuss any challenges you face
  • Record the feedback from your staff and pupils
  • Add your story to the STARS website. You could include communications with Eco-Schools, your submission to show you are working towards your award, or a picture of your Eco-Schools certificate/award

Activity steps

Set targets
Work with your head teacher or senior leadership to identify your school’s environmental and sustainability targets
Find out more
Find out more and register to take part on the Eco-Schools website (see Resources)
Go eco...
Access the support and resources available on the Eco-Schools’ website, and begin working towards your award
Take the next step
Once you have achieved Bronze Flag award, aim for Silver and Green
Check for success
Look at how the programme has helped you meet your environmental and sustainability goals and set new targets for the future
Tell your story
Add your story to the STARS website demonstrating that you are taking part in Eco-Schools


  • Partnership

This activity counts towards:

  • Partnerships

How it helps

  • Reduces the impact on your local environment
  • Promotes positive travel behaviours
  • Raises awareness of air quality


Useful links, templates and case studies to support this activity