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School Wildlife Councils

Primary Schools

Your school wildlife council will, ideally, be represented by two pupils from each of KS2, KS3 & KS4, and an adult member including a parent, governor, or member of staff.

 

Secondary Schools

Your council can be adapted to suit your setting, however, should involve at least 12 members, with no maximum number. Although a staff or teacher member would be advantageous, it is not essential.

Choose your Wildlife Council however you want. You may decide to choose the most passionate children, those pupils in need of a confidence boost or you might make pupils complete an application form, deliver a speech and be democratically elected – do what works best for your school and its pupils.

Wildlife councils should meet at least once per half term for primary schools and more often where possible for secondary schools. The Wildlife Council will be responsible for informing the rest of the school of its meeting minutes, actions, and future plans.

No, that is entirely up to your school. We encourange members to remain in the council for as long as they are in the school, for the historical knoweledge of the great work they have undertaken. 

Primary School

An adult council member will be required for all primary schools. Adults can include teachers, learning support assistants, senior staff, site managers, administration staff, parents or governors as long as they comply with your school’s safeguarding policy.

 

Secondary School

An adult member is not a requirement, however it is recommended.

Biodiversity & Wildlife Review

Primary Schools

Your school wildlife council will, ideally, be represented by two pupils from each of KS2, KS3 & KS4, and an adult member including a parent, governor, or member of staff.

 

Secondary Schools

Your council can be adapted to suit your setting, however, should involve at least 12 members, with no maximum number. Although a staff or teacher member would be advantageous, it is not essential.

Choose your Wildlife Council however you want. You may decide to choose the most passionate children, those pupils in need of a confidence boost or you might make pupils complete an application form, deliver a speech and be democratically elected – do what works best for your school and its pupils.

Wildlife councils should meet at least once per half term for primary schools and more often where possible for secondary schools. The Wildlife Council will be responsible for informing the rest of the school of its meeting minutes, actions, and future plans.

No, that is entirely up to your school. We encourange members to remain in the council for as long as they are in the school, for the historical knoweledge of the great work they have undertaken. 

Primary School

An adult council member will be required for all primary schools. Adults can include teachers, learning support assistants, senior staff, site managers, administration staff, parents or governors as long as they comply with your school’s safeguarding policy.

 

Secondary School

An adult member is not a requirement, however it is recommended.

Biodiversity Action Plan

Primary Schools

Your school wildlife council will, ideally, be represented by two pupils from each of KS2, KS3 & KS4, and an adult member including a parent, governor, or member of staff.

 

Secondary Schools

Your council can be adapted to suit your setting, however, should involve at least 12 members, with no maximum number. Although a staff or teacher member would be advantageous, it is not essential.

Choose your Wildlife Council however you want. You may decide to choose the most passionate children, those pupils in need of a confidence boost or you might make pupils complete an application form, deliver a speech and be democratically elected – do what works best for your school and its pupils.

Wildlife councils should meet at least once per half term for primary schools and more often where possible for secondary schools. The Wildlife Council will be responsible for informing the rest of the school of its meeting minutes, actions, and future plans.

No, that is entirely up to your school. We encourange members to remain in the council for as long as they are in the school, for the historical knoweledge of the great work they have undertaken. 

Primary School

An adult council member will be required for all primary schools. Adults can include teachers, learning support assistants, senior staff, site managers, administration staff, parents or governors as long as they comply with your school’s safeguarding policy.

 

Secondary School

An adult member is not a requirement, however it is recommended.

Community Outreach

Primary Schools

Your school wildlife council will, ideally, be represented by two pupils from each of KS2, KS3 & KS4, and an adult member including a parent, governor, or member of staff.

 

Secondary Schools

Your council can be adapted to suit your setting, however, should involve at least 12 members, with no maximum number. Although a staff or teacher member would be advantageous, it is not essential.

Choose your Wildlife Council however you want. You may decide to choose the most passionate children, those pupils in need of a confidence boost or you might make pupils complete an application form, deliver a speech and be democratically elected – do what works best for your school and its pupils.

Wildlife councils should meet at least once per half term for primary schools and more often where possible for secondary schools. The Wildlife Council will be responsible for informing the rest of the school of its meeting minutes, actions, and future plans.

No, that is entirely up to your school. We encourange members to remain in the council for as long as they are in the school, for the historical knoweledge of the great work they have undertaken. 

Primary School

An adult council member will be required for all primary schools. Adults can include teachers, learning support assistants, senior staff, site managers, administration staff, parents or governors as long as they comply with your school’s safeguarding policy.

 

Secondary School

An adult member is not a requirement, however it is recommended.

Curriculum Links

Primary Schools

Your school wildlife council will, ideally, be represented by two pupils from each of KS2, KS3 & KS4, and an adult member including a parent, governor, or member of staff.

 

Secondary Schools

Your council can be adapted to suit your setting, however, should involve at least 12 members, with no maximum number. Although a staff or teacher member would be advantageous, it is not essential.

Choose your Wildlife Council however you want. You may decide to choose the most passionate children, those pupils in need of a confidence boost or you might make pupils complete an application form, deliver a speech and be democratically elected – do what works best for your school and its pupils.

Wildlife councils should meet at least once per half term for primary schools and more often where possible for secondary schools. The Wildlife Council will be responsible for informing the rest of the school of its meeting minutes, actions, and future plans.

No, that is entirely up to your school. We encourange members to remain in the council for as long as they are in the school, for the historical knoweledge of the great work they have undertaken. 

Primary School

An adult council member will be required for all primary schools. Adults can include teachers, learning support assistants, senior staff, site managers, administration staff, parents or governors as long as they comply with your school’s safeguarding policy.

 

Secondary School

An adult member is not a requirement, however it is recommended.

Becoming a School for Wildlife

Registration is easy. Complete the form on our get involved page and a member of out team will respond ASAP to complete your registration.

There is no cost to register your school as a School for Wildlife. We have secured funding from XYZ & ABC to cover the cost of delivering the Schools for Wildlife inititave throughout Staffordshire. However, as we are a not-for-profit organisation and receive no government funding we ask schools to pay for any additional costs, such as bug hotels, bird feeders, animal food, hedgehog pathways and/or any materials used to build items. These purchases are to be made via out Partners directly.

For primary schools, we will require that a member of staff, teacher, govenor or elected parent is a member of the school wildlife council. This is for the safety of your pupils, our member of staff and to assist with learning outcomes.

 

For secondary Schools, an adult council member is advantageous, however not a requirement.

Any type of school can join Schools for Wildlife. This includes primary schools, secondary schools, colleges, special schools and pupil referral units. If you are unsure whether you are eligible to join please get in touch.

Being a School for Wildlife is an important conservation effort for your local region. We want your school to be able to shout from the treetops about the great work you are doing.

 

Firstly, upon registration, you will be send a printable PDF calling for pupils to put theirselves forward for the school wildlife council.

 

Once your council is elected, each school will receive our membership pack at the first council meeting. This will include a badge and mug for all members of the wildlife council to proudly wear. A Wildlife Council message board will so be included. The pack will also include handouts to parents explaining you have joined the Schools for Wildlife inititaive. 

 

A Schools for Wildlife banner is also available for purchase priced at £75.

 

Throughout, the inititave materials for print out will be supplied when required. In addition to this, our website will be continually updated with lesson plans, insights and resources free for your school to download.

Additional FAQs

We expect schools wildlife councils to meet at least once ever half term. This maybe for a meeting or to undertake tasks such as wildlife reviews, biodiversity growth or community outreach. Each meeting will be attended by a member team and the dates arranged at the previous meeting. Meetings can take place at any time during the day decided upon by the schools and the wildlife council. Usually, the wildlife council is run as an after school club.

Having an ecologists on site means that if a protected species is found on-site it can be legally and corrected handled by a licensed professional. The ecologist will also provide some of the equiptment required for the biodiversity and wildlife reviews, such as bat detectors. They will also be trained to prove professional advice on all steps of the Schools for Wildlife inititaive.

Yes! if you would like to feature the Schools for Wildlife logo on a web page etc, then please contact us.

We retain the right to ask schools to remove our logo from their website if we believe they are no longer following the inititaive or taking part in activities which are harmful to wildlife and the environment.