eco schools


Eco-Schools is a global programme engaging 19.5 million children across 67 countries. The Programme is pupil-led, involving hands-on learning that gets the whole school and the wider community involved in exciting environmental projects.

Click here to find out more about the eco-school programme

Eco-School Ideas for Teachers

Check out the link below for a very handy resource, developed by Eco-Schools Northern Ireland,  ideal for Key Stage 1 & 2 teachers, looking to find ways to link plastic pollution into the curriculum, with ideas about rethinking, reducing, reusing and recycling plastic, along with teachers notes and student activities.

Click here to see the resource

Local Case Study: Damer’s First School

Damers First School, Dorchester is a great example of a local eco school. Every child leaves the school with a real awareness of the local, national and global environment and how each one can make a real difference to the quality of the environment for everyone. Eco work is integrated into the curriculum and there is a real enthusiasm across the school for all of their eco work.

Damer’s Eco Crew have previously campaigned to reduce plastic in their community including the ‘refill’ campaign to encourage people to refill rather than buy a plastic bottle as well as the ‘Waxtastic – no plastic’ campaign to encourage people to not buy plastic clingfilm. At Damers, fruit comes loose in cardboard boxes, milk in reusable glass milk bottles with reusable beakers.


Click the picture on the right to see Damers top tips for becoming a plastic free school.

Plastic Free Events

'Plastic Awareness Day' Event Guide

'Plastic Awareness Day' Event Guide

A Plastic Free Day is a great initial step to raise awareness about the amount of Single Use Plastic used everyday in schools, as well as identifying the most commonly used items. Click here to see our handy guide.

'Plastic Awareness Week' Event Guide

'Plastic Awareness Week' Event Guide

This resource was developed to help schools plan and conduct a ‘plastic awareness week’, for pupils to learn about the impact of single use plastic on the environment and explore what can be done about it. Originally this resource was created for Key Stage 2 but can be adapted for all Key Stages. Click here to view the ‘Plastic Awareness Week’ Event Guide.