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Department for Education Sustainability Award


We are proud to announce that the Department for Education 'Sustainability Award' is back for a fifth year. We want to hear from you and celebrate the collective efforts that you are making to contribute to towards a more sustainable future. There will be a £2,500 award for the winning school or college!

About the Award:

Sustainability is about meeting the needs of the now and protecting the natural habitats that surround us, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The Department for Education is committed to sustainable development and we believe that it is vital for our schools and colleges to prepare our young people for the future. Schools and colleges are a perfect opportunity to engage the minds of our future leaders in developing sustainable ways of living. It's important for them to understand the principles of what sustainability is, and what it means to be truly sustainable. Sustainability is not just about energy or carbon. Both play a key role but sustainability is also about people, air quality, travel, and physical and mental well-being. It's about delivering change beyond the curriculum. We know that there are lots of fantastic examples across the estate where school and college communities are working really hard to drive sustainable practices in their day to day operations, to play their part and help to tackle the climate change challenge that we all face.



Department for Education Award

Entry Requirements

  • Please note that only State schools or colleges receiving funding through their local authority or directly from the government can enter this award.
  • Enter an individual school or college (MATs will not be judged as a whole).

To enter you will need to submit the following:

  • 300 words describing yourself
  • 50 words on why you should win
  • A pack of information demonstrating on either 2 x A3 Poster or 5 x Presentation slides, the incentive, measures and/ or policies implemented in your school or college enhancing sustainability, please use qualitative and quantities data to support your nomination. E.g. energy saved, reduction in a paper wastage, increase in biodiversity etc

Judging Criteria

Entries will be based on:

  • Pupil Engagement
  • Staff Engagement
  • Community Engagement
  • Measured and recognisable improvements e.g. Energy Savings,
  • Innovation

Supporting information, testimonials and metrics should be included as additional documentation attached to your entry.

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