1,000 schools sign up to Plastic Clever Schools

OVER 1,000 schools- including 951 in the UK- have signed up to Plastic Clever Schools, a student-led challenge that equips and empowers children to help stop the flow of plastic pollution, starting with their schools.

In the UK, 78 percent of parents believe children should be taught more about plastic pollution and other environmental issues at school.

The Plastic Clever Schools programme guides educators and children to learn about plastic pollution and inspire them to drive change in school and the wider community[1].

In a three-stage programme of lessons, pupils become ‘plastic clever’ by learning about plastic pollution, investigating plastic pollution in their schools and taking action to tackle the problem through activities ranging from litter picks to audits designed to identify and swap out single-use plastic items.

The programme’s free curriculum-aligned resources have been recognised by the Royal Meteorological Society as quality climate education resources.

Plastic Clever Schools is a joint initiative from Common Seas and youth-led charity, Kids Against Plastic, which puts pupils at the heart of the movement to end plastic pollution.

Sarah Duffy, Head of Education at Common Seas, said: “It’s a great achievement to reach over 1,000 schools with the Plastic Clever Schools programme.

“Plastic pollution is one of the biggest issues facing the world today, and we know that children will be the changemakers, leaders and environmental advocates of the future. By equipping children with the knowledge and power to understand the plastic problem, they can tackle the issue with the help of peers, educators and their communities.”  

Mrs Stevens, teacher, and co-ordinator of the Ocean Ambassadors group at the River School, Kent, says:
“At River Primary School, we are very excited to become a Plastic Clever school. We are keen to reduce the amount of plastic that we use in school and to encourage our wider school community to look at ways to reduce, reuse and recycle too. Living by the coast and the River Dour, looking after our waterways and the ocean is especially important to us.”

For more information visit: https://plasticcleverschools.co.uk/

[1] Hyundi (2023) Plastic, not so fantastic!