About Better Planet Schools

Better Planet Schools is an online environmental education programme, created by the Young People's Trust for the Environment for children and teachers in the UK's primary schools. The programme aims to engage students and teachers to learn about and take action on key issues like saving energy to tackle climate change; reducing use of plastics and other waste and increasing recycling; fast fashion; air pollution; and creating new habitats for wildlife to thrive. Schools choose three 'modules' per year, with each module focussing on a different topic and lasting ten to twelve weeks.

There are Better Planet Schools Crew badges for the children who lead the activities and every school submitting an end-of-module report gets entered into a draw to win some great prizes, like a free energy survey, or class-sized activity packs.

With a wide choice of modules to choose from, children and schools can be engaged year after year in learning more about key environmental issues and how they can make a difference with their actions.

The Young People's Trust for the Environment carried out the initial development of Better Planet Schools concept with the support of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

Watch a video explaining Better Planet Schools.

Energy & Climate Change

Find out about energy savings, how your school can cut its carbon emissions and what we can do to help tackle the future impacts of climate change.

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Plastic & Waste

Discover how your school can go single use plastic free, increase recycling rates and help reduce the amount of plastic pollution in our ocean.

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Nature & Biodiversity

Learn about local and global wildlife, showing how you can enhance biodiversity within your school grounds and support conservation projects locally and globally.

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Why Join Us?

Better Planet Schools is open to all primary schools in the UK. We provide schools with sets of lesson plans, presentations, assemblies and activities on environmental themes that can be studied for a whole school term. We also show children and staff how they can take action to make a difference. And we know it works! Our 20 pilot schools saved an average 14% of their energy use through pupil-led behaviour change alone!

What You Get

  • Comprehensive learning materials for a whole academic year
  • Sets of lesson plans for each term (delivering the lessons is entirely optional)
  • Suggestions for activities in and out of the classroom that you can use as a 'curriculum' for your eco club
  • Actions that children and staff can take to make a difference
  • Ways to save money as well as protecting the planet
  • Access to lots of free bonus content
  • Entry into a termly prize draw each time you submit an end-of-module report

Become a Sponsor

The cost of supporting a primary school's participation in Better Planet Schools for a whole year is £100.00*. Whether you're a large or small business, a council, a PTA or a parent or grandparent, you can become a sponsor. Schools can also choose to fund their own place.

As a sponsor, you can specify a particular school or schools to support, or you can choose to allow schools within a county/counties, a country within the UK, or UK-wide to receive sponsorship from you.

What You Get

  • Your own sponsor's page
  • The ability to add your logo and link to your website
  • 'About the sponsor' blurb
  • Your logo on the login page of every school you're sponsoring
  • Live information on which schools you're sponsoring and their progress
  • Fantastic opportunities to demonstrate your corporate social responsibility

* some sponsors may be subject to VAT at 20.0%