Clean Air for Schools Framework

Welcome to the Clean Air for Schools framework!

Create your own bespoke clean air plan by choosing from the recommended air pollution tackling actions and using the suggested advice and resources to help your school become a clean air school. 

 

The Framework will support you to:

 

1) Reduce air pollution from your own operations.

2) Tackle air pollution at the school gate, including the school run next generation to help them and their families make cleaner air choices.

3) Educate the next generation to help them and their families make cleaner air choices.

4) Become a local leader on air pollution, working with local partners to improve air quality in the local area.

 

How does it work?

 

Create your bespoke clean air action plan in three simple steps.  We estimate it will take about 25 minutes to complete.

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1) First, answer a few questions about your school in the School Air Pollution Survey. This helps the tool tailor the suggested actions to best suit your school’s situation. A basic understanding of your school’s operations is all you need, for example, are you next to a main road or does the school receive deliveries more than once a week?

2) Next, choose from the recommended actions. You will be presented with a selection of air pollution actions based on their relevance and potential impact, alongside symbols that indicate their relative cost and effort to implement. We suggest you choose up to six actions for your plan to start with.

3) Over to you! You will be presented with a clean air action plan that also links to helpful advice, resources and case studies to help you to implement your chosen actions. When you have completed your first set of actions, return to the framework and add some more to your action plan to continue on your path to become a clean air school.

 

Feeling inspired? Read what other schools are doing to tackle air pollution on the case studies pageStill have questions about the Clean Air for Schools Framework? Browse the FAQs page.

 

About your school
Air Pollution Survey
Select Actions
Your Clean Air Plan
School Air Pollution Survey

Air pollution in and around schools comes from a range of sources including: road transport, heating systems and the products used in the classroom. Every school therefore faces their own unique set of air pollution challenges. By answering the following questions as best as you can, you will help us to identify the air pollution solutions that work best for your school.

 

Please answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. You will be able to change your answers at any point.

Question
Yes/No
Not sure how to find out?
Is there a major source of air pollution near the school?

For example; industrial sites, busy A roads, motorways, petrol stations or construction sites that are within walking distance (150m) of the school.

For example; industrial sites, busy A roads, motorways, petrol stations or construction sites that are within walking distance (150m) of the school.

Is there a busy A road next to your school?

If unsure, take a look on Google Maps for road labels.

If unsure, take a look on Google Maps for road labels.

Do most staff, students and their families drive to school?
Are you able to open windows in the majority of classrooms to let fresh air in?

Consider if the windows in your school can be opened. If so, are they facing a polluted main road? 

Consider if the windows in your school can be opened. If so, are they facing a polluted main road? 

Do you receive deliveries to the school site more than once per week?

Ask at your school reception. 

Ask at your school reception. 

Does your school engage and educate students about air quality?

For example; incorporate air quality into school lessons, assemblies, eco-teams and join UK wide campaigns such as Clean Air Day.

For example; incorporate air quality into school lessons, assemblies, eco-teams and join UK wide campaigns such as Clean Air Day.

Does your school engage with the wider school community, local decision makers and local businesses to tackle air pollution?

For example, via newsletters, attending community meetings or on social media

For example, via newsletters, attending community meetings or on social media

Select Actions

Now it's time to build your clean air action plan. We suggest you pick up to six of the recommended actions to get going. Once you have completed them, you can return to the Framework to add more to your action plan.

 

Your recommended actions have been selected based on their relevance to your school (in response to your answers in the survey above) and are ranked by their effectiveness, based on their impact on air quality in and around the school, cost, effort and co-benefits such as community engagement and educational value. If you are after more detail, each action displays symbols that represent the predicted effort, cost and impact on air quality to help you decide if this action is right for your school.

 

The actions that first appear at the top of each pathway are those we recommend your school starts with and we suggest you select at least one from each pathway. You can choose these actions to implement by clicking 'Add to action plan'. Or if you would rather select a different action in the pathway simply pick another one or select 'We already do this' or 'Not applicable' .

 

You can discover more about each action, and the important resources to help you implement your actions, by selecting 'Read more'. There will then be links to relevant toolkits, guidance and materials to help you do each action, as well as case studies from other schools to provide inspiration.

Your Clean Air Plan

Congratulations, you have now created your clean air action plan! You can download a PDF copy of your action plan, to share with others for example with your senior management team or governing body.

 

As you work through the actions come back to the Framework to update your progress.  You can ‘Tick’ actions that you have completed (these will then move to the bottom of the table), ‘Share’ an update on how you are implementing each action, and ‘Delete’ an action from your action plan that you no longer intend to implement. Actions that you have marked as ‘We already do this’ will be listed below the table. You can then add more actions to your clean air action plan as you become a clean air school.

 

If you have any questions, please get in contact with us at [email protected]

Your Air Quality Progress

Well done! The progress chart below shows your school's progress, represented by the cloud icon.

PROGRESS
TARGET
(BASED ON CURRENT
SELECTED ACTIONS)

The area in blue represents your progress made, which includes actions you already do (dark blue) and those you’ve completed (lighter blue). The area in pink represents actions that are still to be completed on your action plan (dark pink) and the actions you can go back and pick later (lighter pink). If you’ve reached your progress target, you can always select more actions to make even more progress by revisiting above! 

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