Co-operative Revolutionises Green Education
Released on: May 04, 2011, 1:13 pm
The Co-operative Group
An extensive, multi-channel green education programme that
will revolutionise the way young people learn about sustainable and
healthy living was unveiled this month by The Co-operative.
From now, all schools are invited to join The Co-operative’s Green Schools Revolution by registering at www.greenschools.coop, which will give them
free online access to a wide range of cross-curricular classroom resources and
activities, as well as a number of other valuable benefits for the first schools to
It will give young people the tools to inspire change in their schools, homes and
local communities and teachers will have access to materials covering key stages 1
to 4, including lesson plans, topic webs, assembly presentations, classroom
activities, debating topics, quizzes and competitions.
Schools will also be able to arrange free visits to The Co-operative’s own wind farm
to see renewable energy in action and to one of seven Co-operative Farms to see how
food grows and how to cook it. They will also be able to take advantage of support
and free materials to set up walking buses at their schools.
In addition, a series of Green Schools Revolution events will take place across the
UK from the autumn, including activity days at regional science and discovery
centres, funded by The Co-operative.
Written by educational specialists, Green Schools Revolution is available free to
all UK schools and incorporates many areas of the national curriculum for 5 to 16
year olds, including science, geography, literacy, citizenship, PSHE, maths, design
and technology and art. It also provides valuable opportunities for learning outside
the classroom and complements existing Eco Schools and Healthy Schools initiatives
to help support schools on their sustainability journey.
Peter Marks, Chief Executive of The Co-operative Group, said: “Green Schools
Revolution forms a major part of our £30million drive to inspire young people and is
a key part of The Co-operative’s revolutionary Ethical Plan.
“Through Green Schools Revolution, we will give young people the opportunity to
inspire others in their school, at home and in their local communities, helping them
to learn about the challenges we face environmentally and giving them the knowledge
and experiences to be pioneers for their generation in living more sustainable and
Ann Finlayson, Chief Executive of SEEd (Sustainability and Environmental Education),
said: “It’s fantastic that The Co-operative is investing in inspiring and educating
young people and showing the links between farming, renewable energy and business in such an engaging way through practical lessons, schools
visits and helping teachers get started quickly and easily with sustainability.”
Dave Boston, head teacher of Sir Thomas Boughey Co-operative Business and Enterprise
College in Newcastle-under-Lyme, and Chair of the Schools Co-operative Society,
said: “Co-operative values and principles are more relevant than ever at a time when
people are being urged to be more independent and active citizens in their
“The Co-operative has a wealth of experience in the education sector, working with
over 120 Co-operative Schools, and three Co-operative Group sponsored Academies. To
expand its offering to schools through Green Schools Revolution, using its
experience in renewable energy, sustainable living and the environment and passing
this on to schools, will inspire young people to be more environmentally and
socially aware of the issues we face and how to combat them.”
The Co-operative Group is one of the UK’s leading businesses and the world’s largest
consumer owned co-operative. The Group is the fifth biggest food retailer and the
leading convenience store operator and The Co-operative Financial Services runs the
largest “super mutual”. Other interests include the third largest retail pharmacy
chain, the number one funeral services business, Britain’s biggest farmer and a
leading travel agency. The Co-operative Group has around 6.5 million members. As
well as delivering on its financial and operational goals, The Co-operative Group
aims to deliver on its social goals, playing an active part supporting local
communities and the wider world.
In February 2011, The Co-operative Group set a new benchmark for corporate
sustainability in the UK, which will support its aim to have 20 million members
during this decade and boost the move to a more environmentally sound and just UK
Among the groundbreaking pledges in The Co-operative’s new Ethical Plan are the
toughest operational carbon reduction targets of any major business and a cultural
shift in youth perception and opportunities for young people through a £30m
programme that will support an Apprenticeship Academy, a Green Schools programme and
the creation of 200 Co-operative Schools by 2013.
In total there are 47 distinct targets within The Co-operative’s Ethical Plan, which
will be reported on each year within The Group’s sustainability report, a globally
recognised leader in terms of transparency, materiality and independent audit.
SEEd is an umbrella, membership organisation for NGOs, schools, colleges,
universities, local authorities and educators interested in Sustainability and
Environmental Education and the environment. We work to drive forward the uptake of
Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development by promoting
shared learning, building capacity and developing cross sector partnerships e.g. the
Sustainable Schools Alliance.
The Co-operative Group
Public Relations Manager Corporate
Tel: 0161 827 5614
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