Surfers Against Sewage proudly announce the return of The Pupil Power Assembly

We are delighted to announce the return of the Pupil Power Assembly for the third year running! Join us live on the 18th November as we broadcast live to schools across the UK for a morning of inspiration and activism.

How do I take part? You must be a Primary School Teacher and be signed up to our Plastic Free Schools Programme where you will receive the link to save your place. It is all completely free!


Surfers Against Sewage is a charity of water lovers campaigning to protect the ocean and all it makes possible, by taking action on the ground that triggers change from the top.  

Find out more about Surfers Against Sewage here.



Plastic Free Schools is a system shaking, change making, pupil-led education programme. This ground-breaking programme equips and empowers young activists with the tools to create positive, lasting environmental change and teaches pupils that they should never underestimate the power of their voice.

Pupils will learn how to run their own campaign in the fight against single-use plastic; from challenging government and industry to creating tangible change in their schools and forming sustainable habits that will continue into adulthood.

Most importantly, Plastic Free Schools is free and easy to sign up to. Simply click here.

Want to find out more? Click here.



We know that in order to thrive as people, we need a thriving ocean. By signing up to this programme, you are taking direct action to address the ocean and climate crisis. With millions of young activists on board, we can end plastic pollution on our beaches by 2030.


The Plastic Free Schools Pupil Power Assembly has been designed to equip pupils with the tools and inspiration to make their voices heard at the highest level and to remind pupils of the wonders of the ocean and why it is so critical to protect it.

In this three-hour extravaganza, we will hear from prominent voices from sustainable industries, wildlife experts, and young activists who have used their voices to drive positive environmental change.

Pupils will get the chance to take part in interactive workshops and as a class respond and communicate with our amazing host for the third year running… Naomi Wilkinson! There are many other exciting speakers to be announced so watch this space.

Together we can make sure we kick out addiction to avoidable single-use plastic, and change the system that produces it!


Well…we know that pupils are the change-makers, system shakers, and the inspirational voices we need to hear in this critical decade for the ocean and climate.

That’s why, here at Surfers Against Sewage, we create resources that fuel environmental stewardship, inspire a generation of ocean activists and guide pupils on their path to creating Plastic Free Schools. This Pupil Power Assembly is no exception!

Last year we had an epic 9,000 pupils attend the assembly, showing unprecedented levels of passion, energy, determination and ocean optimism. Join us again and together, we can continue to create a thriving planet with thriving people.


That IS Pupil Power.



Plastic Free Schools and this assembly are completely free. The only two requirements for joining the Pupil Power Assembly are:

  • You are a UK based Primary School
  • You are singed up to the Plastic Free Schools programme.

The event will be broadcast live to your classroom from 9:00am until 12:00pm on Friday 18th November. Please get in touch with us by emailing if you have any questions.



Plastic Free Schools inspires pupils to not only tackle unnecessary single-use plastics in their school but encourages them to challenge Industry and Government to make positive, strategic steps in the same direction.

Plastic Free Schools is fully linked to the National Curriculum and other relevant guidelines. There are separate versions of the programme available for nurseries, primary schools and secondary schools.

To achieve Plastic Free Schools status, schools have to complete 5 objectives which form the basis of any good campaign.

  • Action Group: Form a group of people who will work on the campaign
  • Trash Mob: Get evidence of the problem, in this case going out into the school grounds and tallying up the plastic pollution found
  • Challenge Government & Industry: Use the power of your voice to challenge the government and industry to do better
  • Challenge Yourselves: Take positive action by removing at least 3 single-use plastic products from their school for good.

Once a school is enrolled we then send you a welcome pack with all the resources and clean up kit you need. In addition, you will have access to a teacher’s dashboard where you can upload all your evidence for us to assess and sign off.

We do not expect schools to be totally plastic-free. Our aim is to free where we live from single-use plastic: the avoidable stuff that’s everywhere. Things like plastic drinks bottles, disposable coffee cups, sachets, bathroom plastics, excessive food packaging, takeaway containers etc. These are the things that are having a huge impact on our environment and which we can make changes in our lives to eliminate.

Sign up today here!

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