Several schools in County Durham have adopted curriculum and activities within their education programmes helping children understand the importance of climate change impact and what everyone can do tackle this.
There is a broad range of support available to them to engage with sustainability education by the council. This support is coordinated through Education Durham working with other services within the County Council and in partnership with external organisations such as the North East Environment Network (NEEN) trading as Outdoor and Sustainability Education Specialists (OASES).
ECO2 Smart School is an educational programme led by us that supports schools across the north east to reduce their carbon emissions and learn about energy and climate change. Its commitment is to help schools become more environmentally smart, reduce energy bills and support teaching within a curriculum-based learning programme.
It has three main strands which shape its work:
- Educational – it helps teachers and support staff create practical and learning experiences which help pupils and students better understand climate change
- Savings – its helps schools identify ways of saving money on their energy bills
- Environmental – it brings the whole school community together to understand what collectively they can do to help and protect the environment
To read more on what is available for schools and how your school can get involved visit the sustainability and education support for schools page.