Beacon Schools are exemplary schools that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to addressing the climate emergency in their school grounds and through their teaching and learning.
Benefits of being a Beacon School
Additional trees and hedgerow packs, tailored to your school’s plans
Additional free technology, such as wildlife cameras
Opportunities to trial and develop new resources
Partnerships with other schools and organisations
In-school workshops and experiences for pupils
Access to a regional leader for bespoke support
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What is a Beacon School?
Beacon Schools are schools that have successfully delivered a YTC school project, have shared their activities with the YTC community via the Schools Hub and have completed a self-assessment that demonstrates the impact of their project and a continued commitment to trees and nature.
Once a school achieves Beacon School status it becomes part of an outstanding community of schools who support the shaping and development of the Young Tree Champions programme. Opportunities also include trialling new technology and working with wider partners like forest schools to develop bespoke workshops. Beacon Schools can also apply to receive visits from our ambassadors.
How to become a Beacon School
Beacon Schools are determined once a school has completed its project and submitted an end of project self-assessment form. To achieve Beacon School status a school needs to demonstrate in its self-assessment and through posts in our Schools Hub, that it is excelling in connecting, learning and sharing the power of trees and nature, both in school and nationally (by being active in the Schools Hub).
Beacon Schools are announced at the annual Force for Nature festival. We also look to award two Outstanding Beacons Schools, who have gone the extra mile to be a Force for Nature. These schools receive a voucher for £200 to use for a trip or resources for their project.
What does it mean to be a beacon school?
Read about our Beacon Schools
Find out about the journey that some of our Beacon Schools have been on and the work they are carrying out to tackle the nature emergency.
Trees, health and wellbeing
Pinner Wood Primary
By developing their outdoor learning area and embedding its use into the curriculum, new opportunities were created for pupils to engage with trees and nature in a beautiful outdoor space.
Young Tree Champions is a UK wide education programme helping young people develop the knowledge, skills and tools to speak up for trees and nature. The Tree Council is a registered charity, number: 279000. For more information about the The Tree Council, visit us at treecouncil.org.uk.