The Ocean’s Together Forum (including Thurrock Council), has been successful in securing a pot of funding for the 2021-2022 academic year to help support your South Essex school  achieve this certification.

The map below demonstrates the area in which funding schools must be located to receive funding




The Ocean Together Forum aims to educate children of upper Key Stage 2 (year 6 & 7) and above, with a real focus on upper primary school and lower secondary school.

The following is a list of ways in which we can support you:


  • Funding the £200 accreditation fee

  • Provision of workshops on topics tailored to help achieve points delivered to your school by Essex Wildlife Trust

  • Thurrock based schools will be provided with litter pickers and collection of waste collected from litter picking activities

  • Support, guidance and materials [EC1] [RS2] with regards to reuse and recycling projects 


Note each school will still need to register via the Keep Britain Tidy website:

Register My School - Eco Schools

What do we do next?

Unfortunately our funding pot in not endless, so we will need to allocate the funds to  schools on a first come first serve basis, and also get a level of commitment from the school to ensure that the funding will be used to its full potential.

We require you to fill in the expression of interest form on the reverse of this letter.

Ocean’s Together Forum is a public private collaboration set up to engage with each other with regard to sustainable business practices across South Essex

Funding has been received from local businesses within this forum and their contractors to promote environmental responsibility within the local area.  Our aims are to:

  • Enable  young people to develop and own their own environmental schemes, which enhance their environment and increase environmental awareness in their local communities.

  • Support schemes through provision of knowledge, promotion, equipment and volunteers through the forum, collection of waste etc.

  • Empower schools to take ownership and ensure that this forum is an ongoing platform for our young people to positively influence their environment.



Menu of delivery options

For one whole day session at the school (see example structure below) and an introductory video. However, this number can be reduced if we want to provide more resources to the schools for example:

  • Multiple visits, this could involve going more in depth with the chosen activity (such as spending more time developing an area for biodiversity)  OR presenting the same workshop to more classes/year groups.


  • Each item on the menu will have a pre-recorded video of the main objectives of eco-schools, theme and what to expect. This will maximise the time of the Wildlife Trust Education Officers visit when on site.  

  • Sessions can be shortened for multiple classes OR extended for one class who will share information with other pupils (peer-learning through Eco Committee).

  • All menu items are flexible and can be amended to the need of the school.

  • All main point of themes will be covered and a selection of two or three activities.


All sessions will end with a plan being developed by the group of how the school will improve and work towards Eco-School certification.


Menu of Activities:

Waste Warriors

Main points:

  • Historically what has happened (the Thames Big Stink).

  • That there is no such thing as throwing some away! – it all goes somewhere.

  • What can they do to improve the school.

  • The 5 Rs (Refuse, Reduce, Re-use, Repurpose and Recycle).

  • Aims for school


  • Waste Managers: Children broken up into teams of Waste managers, each team is a type of Waste manager (Plastic, metal and aluminium, land fill, food waste etc).  Each team gets a turn at deciding where waste from their lunch or example waste goes.

  • Litter time-line- how long things take to degrade (if at all)

  • Litter picking

  • Nature Corners – space for nature in school grounds

  • Lobbying workshop for upper key stage 2

Potential activities: 

  • Compost bin creations (either made from pallets (additional £10 if pallets are donated) or purchased (additional £30)

  • Re-usable water bottle sale, Children organise a re-usable water bottle sale (bottles potential sourced from the Wildlife Trust). Profits made is fed-back into their Eco-Schools for example to buy water butts, flower beds, bee planters etc.  Investment of £20.

Plenary Activity:

  • Creating signs for bins on what goes in recycling, re-using and reducing

Ocean Defenders

Main points:

  • Rubbish on land can end up in the ocean.

  • The three P’s in toilets (Pee, poo and paper).

  • All oceans are connected (accidental rubber duck experiment) the Tremendous Travel of Trash

  • Dangers of Ocean Plastic and why we should care (micro and microplastic)

  • Aims for school



  • Litter Timeline

  • Beak-down science experiment. – Children test how different litters react to water and shaking (to mimic tides and currents).

  • Litter pick

  • Lobbying activities for upper key stage 2

Plenary Activity:

  • ting ‘No littering’ posters and ‘don’t flush posters’ for toilets.


Potential Activities:

  • Re-useable water bottle sale

Biodiversity Champions

Main points:

  • What is biodiversity and why is it important

  • Why biodiversity is disappearing

  • Importance of pollinators

  • Aims for school


  • Lunch or supermarket activity without pollinators -

  • Lobbying activities for upper key stage

One (or two depending on time) of the following:

  • Skills – how to maintain and create nature areas such as nature corners or ponds

  • Bug hotels: Can be created with minimum cost with natural piles of logs etc like the Hibernation stations. Potentially we could make a ‘fancier version’ using pallets (however from previous experience school risk assessment are not happy with this) cost additional £10

  • Hibernation stations: Branches and twigs can be sources from school if available or provided by Wildlife Trust (Similar to a frog abode by RSPB (www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/nature-on-your-doorstep/garden-activities/makeafrogandtoadabode/)

  • Tree planting *March only Trees can be purchased for between £1-2 per tree, however schools can apply to the Woodland Trust campaign for free trees

  • All sessions general wear and tear on equipment costed at an additional £5

Plenary Activity:

  • Recording biodiversity that moves in newly created area

  • Posters and boards on the importance of biodiversity

Biodiversity Champions Example 1 Class Full Day KS1


Biodiversity Champions Example Multiple Classes Full Day


Positive impact on the school’s/local environment

School Kids

Community clean ups

Image by Naja Bertolt Jensen
Wind Mills

The collection of recyclable materials especially plastics


Reuse projects

Projects to reduce the carbon footprint (car free days, reducing food waste)

Foggy Forest

Helping young people to make positive impacts on their environment and waste production

Kids in Art Class