Green Life Skills Project


This was our first project which was a pilot involving 16 pupils from the eco-committee at Rokeby secondary school in Canning Town in Newham. Its aim was to increase awareness of sustainable development and its links to climate change and to involve local communities to embed sustainable practices within the school and wider community. Participants and families were encouraged to take actions to reduce green house gases by making small behaviour and life style changes and getting others to do the same.

We followed the NCFE, a national awarding qualification framework in sustainable development and offered key skills to pupils in a number of areas. Pupils’ had the opportunity to explore the topic of sustainable development  using a wide range of fun and interactive methods  and activities .This  included  conducting a ICT action –research survey in the school,  putting on a drama production , hosting a photographic exhibition ,making a short film , engaging in  interactive learning workshops and learning from taking part on  visits to green conferences and green fairs.

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Photographs taken by Rokeby School pupils for climate change exhibition


  • Pupils acquired skills in designing a questionnaire, carrying out an ICT action research survey, analysing data and how to present the findings to a wider audience.
  • Pupils understood how climate change sits within the wider framework of sustainable development and how by managing human and resources and by adopting a low carbon life style can help in the fight to lower global warming.
  • Pupils will examine the impact of population and consumerism on the planet’s diminishing resources and its implications for future generations.
  • Pupils’ gained knowledge on sustainable development principles and practices and how these can be embedded  ineveryday life, at home, in the school, at work and in the local neighbourhood.
  • Pupils will take actions  at home to reduce global warming .These  included consuming less energy,  recycling more , managing waste more efficiently, cycling to school, taking public transport.
  • Pupils will develop an action plan to get the school greener work by working together with other pupils and members of staff.
  • All participants developed a number of key skills in the areas of performing and learning, photography, ICT, active citizenship and working with others. 
  • Pupils organised a youth seminar at the school to showcase their learning conducting discussion workshops and engaging the local community to take actions to reduce their carbon footprint.


‘’ I’ve learnt that by taking sustainable actions we can reduce climate change’’ Nagaarjun 14 years, Rokeby school.

‘’This project has made me think about how many  resources we consume and destroy, and how  much waste we produce,  making the planet  unsustainable ‘‘   Venkata 14 ,Rokeby school.

‘’I want to make others realise that climate change is affecting the world we live in and global warming is very serious. . I now know that sustainable development is about conserving resources so that precious things like rainforests to stay.   Prashanta Ray15, Prefect from Rokeby School.


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