Campaigns

Our curriculum-linked campaigns are the most popular feature of the Pod. They get the whole school working together and inspired to take action. They can also be led by students, which is an essential criterion for an Eco-School Award.

We have lots of resources to make taking part easy, fun, impactful and rewarding.

Waste Week 2024

Let’s cut back on e-waste together!

Waste Week takes place 4-10 March 2024.

If you’re a Primary school or education provider, we’re exploring battery waste this Waste Week. Collect a full box of used batteries and you could receive a £30 book voucher. To take part, sign up to Recycle to Read – Batteries and we’ll send you a battery collection box. Find out more when you sign up.

If you’re a primary school and want to learn about e-waste during Waste Week, we have some activities suitable for this age range too. Sign up below to download your resources.

If you’re a Secondary school or education provider, we’ve got new poster packs on e-waste for you to learn about this fast-growing rubbish source. Sign up to Waste Week and we’ll send you a link to download your free pack, so you can encourage everyone to cut back on e-waste this Waste Week.

121 Schools/groups have already signed up
1 Local Authorities have already signed up

Recycle to Read Toys

Recycle to Read is supporting development of a new toy rehoming and recycling programme that rewards schools and communities, with books and reading resources.

We are running trial collections of broken, hard plastic toys for recycling in selected Tesco stores in East and West Sussex between the 4 Sept 2023 and 4 Dec 2023, and are inviting schools with pupils aged 2 to 11 years of age in these areas to take part.

Families and friends of the schools participating in the trial, will be encouraged to rehome unwanted but usable toys by swapping them with friends, giving them away or taking them to charity shops or community groups. They will be asked to take any hard broken plastic toys to a local participating Tesco store for recycling.

Either of these actions can earn them a Planet Care Point for their chosen school. The 50 schools with the most points at the end of the trial (4 December 2023), will win book vouchers to spend on titles in the Harper Collins Recycle to Read Book Catalogue.

If your school is not in the trial area sign up now to register your interest and we’ll keep you updated on future trial locations and more details about how your community will be able to collect book rewards for you.

747 Schools/groups have already signed up
4 Local Authorities have already signed up

Recycle to Read Batteries

Take part in Recycle to Read Batteries during Waste Week!

Get free book rewards for your school in return for recycling old batteries.

Did you know…

  • More than 600 million batteries are thrown away in the UK each year!
  • Used batteries can leak harmful substances into the environment.
  • Rare and hard to mine metals are used in the production of batteries.

Recycling batteries can recover these metals, so that they can be made into new batteries and lots of other things!

Sign up to collect used household batteries and help teach children the importance of responsible consumption. Plus, you will get exclusive discounts on books, you could win book rewards for your school and we have pupil prizes to give away too!

371 Schools/groups have already signed up
1 Local Authorities have already signed up

Recycle to Read Textiles

Get book rewards for your school in return for collecting textiles for recycling!

Recycle to Read is a fun and rewarding campaign for primary schools. It promotes care for the environment through reuse and recycling, whilst supporting children’s literacy.

Why sign up?

  • Your school will earn £300 worth of book vouchers for every tonne of textiles collected.
  • Your school will get an exclusive discount on a huge range of books at Harper Collins.
  • It’s a fantastic way to highlight the importance of responsible consumption and the role of recycling.
  • Collecting textiles for reuse and recycling, helps children feel empowered to make a positive difference.

Plus, we have lots of educational resources for you to download, which help children learn about the importance of reuse and recycling.

79 Schools/groups have already signed up
1 Local Authorities have already signed up

What's Under Your Feet? 2023/24

Help scientists at the British Trust for Ornithology understand the relationship between climate, the availability of invertebrates and how this impacts UK bird numbers and their migration patterns.

It’s easy to take part and children will love being citizen scientists and working outside of the classroom. 

What do you need to do?

  1. Sign up to take part 
  2. Conduct a dig and soil/invertebrate survey in October, March and June*
  3. Upload your data to the Pod here 

Download all the resources you need, including; lesson plan, assembly, information pack and short instructional films. 

Find the Invertebrate Survey Recording Sheet here. 

*You can take part in any or all of the digs, but the scientists need as much data as possible.

347 Schools/groups have already signed up
1 Local Authorities have already signed up

Switch Off Fortnight 2024

Join in Switch Off Fortnight 2024 to find out how your school can inspire students to save energy at school and home, and help tackle climate change.

We are inviting all schools to use the Pod Energy Saving Dashboard so students can actively measure their school’s energy savings and greenhouse gas emissions during Switch Off Fortnight – or continue throughout the school year!

Switch Off Fortnight 2022 takes place 11-24 November.