To find out whether or not you are successfully achieving the targets set out in your Action Plan, you must measure your progress. Pupils must carry out one example of Measuring for Litter plus each of your chosen two topics.
If you have been participating in Eco-Schools for a while, you might remember the Measuring element being called Monitoring and Evaluation.
How you choose to measure progress will depend on which topics you are focusing on and the pupils involved.
What information could you use to share your progress with the whole school and wider community? Maybe it is the amount of paper collected for recycling, or perhaps a decrease in the amount of energy being used.
For example, a school trying to reduce food waste might first measure the amount of waste produced on a normal day, and compare this with the amount produced after trying to reduce it. The results of a survey of which school meals are most enjoyed by fellow pupils might also be used to reduce food waste.
You will also need to consider how this information will be collected and shared. Will pupils weigh recycling or read electricity meters? What will you need to put into place in order to measure progress? Perhaps purchasing resources or arranging meter access.
Measuring might involve:
- Graphs or tally charts.
- Before and after photographs.
- Video or written diaries.
- Feedback from questionnaires or surveys.
- Calculating bill savings.
- Meter readings.
- Weights - for example: litter, recycling or food waste
- The results of a waste audit.
- Your school's travel survey (Hands Up survey).
- Traffic light indicators - for example: playground cleanliness
- Totalling funds raised.
- Be done by pupils whenever possible.
- Be shared with the whole school and community, for example on your Eco-Schools noticeboard.
Case Study - Blackburn Primary School
Measuring is important element of your Eco-Schools activities. How you choose to measure progress will depend on which topics you are focusing on and the pupils involved. Pupils at Blackburn Primary School use a number of creative ways to Measure their projects and share the results. Read more.
Case Study - Blackhall Primary School
Pupils at Blackhall Primary School made sure to incorporate an aspect of Measuring in their work on each of their three Eco-Schools topics. Measuring work on Litter in particular, allowed the Eco-Committee to spot an increase in litter in their outdoor classroom and take steps to fix it. Read more.