Welcome to Eco-Schools Scotland

The whole school, pupil-led approach to Learning for Sustainability

What is Eco-Schools?

Eco-Schools is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world with 19.5 million children, young people and educators engaged worldwide in 74 different countries.

Eco-Schools is one of five programmes operated internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and delivered by Keep Scotland Beautiful in Scotland.

Completing a Green Flag Application is recognised by the Green Flag Award - a visible indication of your school's commitment to Learning for Sustainability and an internationally recognised accreditation for excellence in sustainable education.

We are grateful for the continued support of the Scottish Government as we deliver Eco-Schools Scotland.

Evidence for Eco-Schools is submitted online in our online application system.  If you have lost your login details please contact us

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What is Eco-Schools?

An introduction to our Eco-Schools programme for pupils and educators.

A full playlist of Eco-Schools guidance videos can be found on our YouTube channel. 

Climate Action Schools - What's Happening?

Visit our Padlet for a summary of what's coming up across all our Climate Action Schools programmes, including Live Lessons, training for pupils and educators, and other exciting opportunities. 

You can also keep track of your Eco-Schools work and our offering of lessons and training with our Climate Action Schools planner. Printable on A3 for your Eco-Committee to write on. Download a copy here.

The Green Flag Award

The Green Flag Award is an internationally recognised achievement for schools and nurseries committed to Learning for Sustainability. Flags can be seen flying outside our schools all over Scotland.

In order to achieve a Green Flag Award, take action on at least three Topics and fulfil our Award Criteria based on the Seven Elements. 

The Seven Elements

The Green Flag Award is based on the Seven Elements, the core of the Eco-Schools programme in every participating country.

Eco-Schools has common structural features across all operating countries. The Seven Elements makes up the core of all Eco-Schools programmes across the world.


During your Green Flag Application you choose to work on at least three Topics.

Climate Action is our core topic and all applications must include at least three actions per topic as well as at least one litter pick or survey.  

As Eco-Schools is a pupil-led programme, each topic is chosen by the Eco-Committee.

Sustainable Development Goals

Choose Sustainable Development Goals to make global links to your Eco-Schools work.

Through Eco-Schools Scotland, we would like you to join with the rest of the world in working towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Your Green Flag Journey

The length of your Green Flag Journey will differ depending on whether you are applying for your First Green Flag Award, Rejoining, or Renewing. You can learn more about the differences and what is required by clicking on the links below.

Your First Green Flag Award

Renewing Your Green Flag Award

Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)

Keep Scotland Beautiful is a member organisation of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) delivering Eco-Schools, LEAF and Young Reporters for the Environment programmes in Scotland.

Formed in 1981, FEE is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation promoting sustainable development through environmental education. FEE's mission is to engage and empower people through education in collaboration with members and partners worldwide.

Get in touch with:
Libby McPhee
Senior Officer, Education and Learning Support


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