When looking at your building and grounds you have to think about turning the whole fabric of your school into a place where pupils, staff, and the wider school community can learn about – and practice – sustainable living every day.

This might mean choosing building technologies or interior furnishings and equipment for their low environmental impact, or simply developing your grounds in a way that helps pupils learn about the natural world and sustainable living.*

By 2020 the government recommends that all schools manage and, where possible, design their buildings in ways that visibly demonstrate sustainable development to everyone who uses the school. Through their grounds, we would like schools to bring pupils closer to the natural world, capture their imaginations in outdoor play, and help them learn about sustainable living.

* Source: Manchester City Council (www.manchester.gov.uk)