Eco-Schools (Learning/Eco-teams)

Waltham Forest council has pledged to fund the Eco-Schools Green Flag assessment for every school and college in the borough in 2022 and 2023. For more information visit The Hive Centre Eco-Schools and email the Climate Action Outreach Coordinator.

Eco-Schools is the largest educational programme on the planet, engaging millions of children across 67 countries. Implemented by Keep Britain Tidy in England, it encourages students to actively protect their environment and involves the whole school community through pupil-led projects.  

Students select three out of ten topics to focus on each year which enables them to lead the way on actions such as reducing water and energy consumption, improving recycling and food growing in school grounds. This will lower the schools carbon footprint and increase biodiversity as well as benefiting learning outcomes and well-being. 

For over 25 years the programme has put young people at the heart of environmental education, empowering students to drive change and improve their environmental awareness by following a simple Seven Step framework in order to achieve an internationally-recognised Eco-Schools Green Flag accreditation.

Benefits include:

  • Children get the chance to plan and implement their own environmental actions and projects related to combating Climate Change.
  • Raising environmental awareness
  • Pupils are more confident, better behaved and developed their leadership skills
  • Improving school environment
  • Saving school money.

Registering for the Eco-Schools programme is completely free, and the Eco-Schools team and Waltham Forest council’s own Climate Action Outreach Coordinator are on hand to give support. When registered, schools have access to a whole host of age-appropriate, free resources to make your school’s journey to Eco-Schools Green Flag as smooth and positive as possible. 

For more information and to register visit

Eco-Schools does run occasional training sessions listed here. If there are no free training sessions available please contact the Climate Action Outreach Coordinator to express interest as the council can run bespoke sessions for Waltham Forest schools.


Eco-Schools is free to sign up to; the Green Flag assessment in Summer term costs £200. 

IMPORTANT: If your school is going to apply for a Green Flag this year please inform the Climate Action Outreach Coordinator via email so that Waltham Forest Council can fund your application fee. 

Watch the video on Eco-Schools.  

Last update: Monday 20th of February 2023 09:53:49 AM