Welcome to the Total Green School Awards which aim to assist and encourage environmental education for young people aged 5-11. They promote cross-curricular work on the environment and offer opportunities to study energy including fossil fuels and alternative technologies, linking with the National Curriculum for England and Wales and the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, click here to explore our guides.

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The Total Green School Awards are split into four regions (South/Central, North, Wales and West, Scotland) and there will be a winner for each Award category in each region.  The best entry chosen from all of the winners in each region will be made a Regional Champion and will receive £1,000.  The best of the Regional Champions will be chosen as the UK Champions, who recieve a total of £5,000 for the school funds.  

In addition to all the winners, there will be 16 Highly Commended entries (one for each category in each region).  They will receive £250 each for the school funds.


Win £5,000!

UK Champions’ prize of £5,000
Three prizes of £1,000 for Regional Champions
12 prizes of £500 for Regional Winners
16 prizes of £250 for Highly Commended entries
Downloadable certificate for every entry received

UK Champion 2015 - Okehampton Primary School

UK Champion 2015

Okehampton Primary School
Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

This entry was an amazing account of the vast amount of environmental work down at the school in the last year.  Examples include making an African keyhole garden, having learned about them from a partner school, Bakary Sambouya in Gambia.  The children are also working in an area of Okehampton’s...

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The Categories

The competition is split up into 4 categories, schools enter projects in one or more of the categories

Totally Active - Total Green School Awards

Totally Active

The Totally Active category is for projects involving work in the school grounds e.g. sensory gardens, ponds, wildlife areas, recycling schemes and composting. Alternatively, for reports on visits ......

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Totally Clued Up - Total Green School Awards

Totally Clued Up

The Totally Clued Up category is for projects researching any aspect of the environment – can be incorporated into Geography, Science, Maths, I.T. and History e.g. Wild bird feeding or recycling su......

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Totally Creative - Total Green School Awards

Totally Creative

Totally Creative is the category for environmentally themed art, music and poetry e.g. Save the planet song, Pollution rap, Art inspired by the environment, Cleaner planet mural, recycled Fashion S......

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Totally Powered Up - Total Green School Awards

Totally Powered Up

Totally Powered Up is the category for projects that make use of an energy source e.g. What types of power are there? How do we use energy? How can we create energy in harmony with the environment?......

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Total is the world’s fourth largest international oil and gas company, meeting the energy demand in the 130+ countries in which we are present and elsewhere in the world. The diversity of Total’s business worldwide is reflected in the UK with activities from exploration and production, energy trading and retailing, refining to the manufacture and marketing of oil products and a wide range of petrochemicals.

We have been in the UK since 1962 and have a long history of engagement with local communities. We are committed to being a good neighbour and to working positively with our local communities. We are particularly keen to support local education institutions and to promote environmental initiatives.  We are proud to support the Young Peoples’ Trust for the Environment through the Total Green School Awards which reaches out nationally to all primary schools in the UK, including those close to our sites.  The Awards encourage and support young people to take on new learning and better understand energy and the environment.

Through the Total Green School Awards, we hope young people will be inspired and motivated to think about what they personally can do to help protect the planet and enhance the life experiences for future generations.

YPTE (registered charity number 1153740) that aims to encourage young people’s understanding of the natural world and of the need for sustainability. It educational services for schools and young people including:

Website: ypte.org.uk for a huge range of environmental information, written for young people and teachers

Conservation Education our free downloable publication for teachers and older students is published each term on our website.  Member schools receive notification via email of new publications. Membership of YPTE is free to schools in the UK - join up online by visiting our websites.

Lesson plans and presentations:  Free downloadable lesson plans accompanied by presentations to assist teaching about environmental issues.

Roots to Green Living: A highly successful three-year pilot scheme recently ended in eight schools in Bath, Bristol and NE Somerset. A further one-year scheme to provide seven schools in Ealing and Hillingdon with the assistance of a YPTE Education Officer in developing their school grounds and curriculum for environmental education took place in the 2014-15 academic year.

Free talks in schools:  Currently available for schools within a 30 mile radius of Yeovil, Somerset and to schools throughout Sussex, our talks and presentations cover a wide range of environmental issues and can be tailored to suit different age groups and abilities.