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Frugi extends funding for teacher training programme with Eco-Schools

Jeremy Lim
17 June 2022

Sustainable children's clothing company Frugi has extended its support for Eco-Schools by funding its online Eco-Coordinator Training Programme for another year, providing free training for teachers and school or nursery staff in England.

The previous year saw Eco-Schools, managed by Keep Britain Tidy, present training to over 500 applicants funded by Frugi, many of whom have progressed to receive their Green Flag Award.

Although free to sign up, a fee of £200 (+VAT) is chargeable to cover the online assessment fee for a school’s Green Flag application during the May to July annual application window. Across 71 countries worldwide, the Eco-Schools programme offers pupils the freedom to decide on three of ten Eco-School topics to work on and develop.

As part of its ongoing initiative with Eco-Schools, Frugi has donated funding for 750 teachers and school staff throughout England, from nurseries to colleges, to attend three immersive sessions.

Open to the entire Eco-Schools network on a first-come, first place saved basis, the one-hour sessions allow them to learn more about the Eco-Schools programme and to deliver it in an education setting with students.

In 2020, Frugi funded the costs for 150 schools in England to gain their prestigious Eco-Schools Green Flag certification. The schools complete a Seven Step programme, which maps out a meaningful path towards improving the environment in both the school and the local community whilst also having a lifelong positive impact on the lives of young people and their families.

Adam Flint, the Education Manager at Keep Britain Tidy and National Manager for Eco-Schools said: "Young people are more aware of the reality of climate change than any previous generation. They are passionate - keen to approach it with a proactive and positive determination.

"At the same time, the DfE’s new Schools and Sustainability strategy is prompting schools to cover these topics in the classroom. Eco-Schools helps teachers meet these needs with it a comprehensive programme that introduces their student to environmentalism with relevant, impactful and engaging content.”

Sarah Clark, Frugi's CEO added: "Eco-Schools and our new Teacher Training Programme will not only benefit so many more children’s lives, but it helps raise environmental change-makers of the future.”

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