New green initiative aims to start a revolution

A NEW education programme to help children learn about sustainable and health living was launched last week.

Operated by the Co-operative and written by educational specialists, Green Schools Revolution is available free to all UK schools and incorporates many areas of the national curriculum for five-to-16-year-olds, including science, geography, literacy, citizenship, PSHE, maths, design and technology and art.

It also provides opportunities for learning outside the classroom and complements existing eco schools and healthy schools initiatives.

Schools can register online at, 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 sign up.

It will also give pupils 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.

Co-operative chief executive Peter Marks said: “Green Schools Revolution forms a major part of our £30 million 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 healthier lives.”