About the Pod

The Pod is EDF Energy’s award winning digital schools programme. It was launched in September 2008 and has become the largest programme of its type.

Since the start of the programme more than 22,000 schools and 38,000 teachers have registered with us – plus over 200 schools across 56 countries including Hong Kong, India, Costa Rica, Japan, Russia, South Africa and Australia.

Our programme has three main aims:

  1. To help children understand that a low carbon, secure and affordable energy supply is vital for the future.
  2. To role model EDF Energy values, by inspiring young people and their families to choose a more sustainable lifestyle and to promote diversity and inclusion
  3. To help build our future workforce by inspiring young people to study STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths)

www.jointhepod.org is an interactive website for teachers, community group leaders and children. All of our resources are free and are aimed at 4 – 16 year olds. Content covers the environmental topics of energy, water, waste, biodiversity and climate science. It is curriculum linked and includes lesson plans, practical activities, assemblies, films, games and information packs as well as posters, stickers and badges.

Many of our resources are developed in collaboration with like-minded organisations including: Eco-Schools, Keep Scotland Beautiful, the Met Office, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), the British Science Association, Wastebuster, RoSPA, and #IWill.

Our national campaigns; Switch-Off Fortnight, Waste Week, What’s under your feet and Helping Hands help the whole school, parents and the local community to engage with important sustainability messages. We have worked closely with Eco-Schools England to ensure that participation in a Pod environmental campaign will help a school reach their bronze, silver or green flag ambitions.

To ensure the Pod continues to deliver what schools need – we undertake annual research with teachers and students from across the UK. We also regularly consult with a panel of teachers who help us by giving feedback on our resources, our website, our communications and future development plans and ideas.

If you would like to give us feedback – please contact us