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Schools' Good Life Charter

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The Schools' Good Life Charter is a student-led changemaking programme for secondary schools, supporting whole school communities to lead happier, lower-impact lives.


We live in a world full of pressures to buy more than we need. In our buy, buy, buy culture, young people are bombarded by adverts on a daily basis – adverts which promote the idea that materialism is the key to happiness and success. Over-consumption not only harms the health of our planet, but also has a detrimental impact on mental wellbeing.

This free programme supports young people and schools to reflect on what makes a good life and design a hopeful new way of living. We provide a full package of lesson plans, resources, guidance and a step-by-step framework to help you deliver the programme in your school.

Programme Overview

This document provides a suggested delivery plan for running the Schools’ Good Life Charter programme with a group of young people at your school. We have provided a recommended timeframe, suggested activities and a running order, but you are welcome to adapt the content and pace to suit the needs of your students. In each resource, you’ll find links to the English National Curriculum and the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence.

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Programme resources

Step 1  Step 2   Step 3   Step 4   Step 5   Step 6

Step 1 - Create a Good Life Group

Step 1 is about creating your Good Life Group. Use your Introductory Assembly to promote the Schools’ Good Life Charter project to your whole school community and get them excited about what’s to come! Once you’ve recruited a group of students interested in improving your school, kick start the project with "Getting to know your Good Life Group".

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Step 2 - Explore the Good Life vs. the Goods Life

Step 2 is about exploring the Good Life vs. the Goods Life. These lessons will help your group reflect on how advertising and social media impacts our idea of a ‘good life’, and how this affects the wellbeing of people and planet.

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Step 3 - Ideas for change

Step 3 is about exploring ideas for change. This set of lessons will help your group learn what culture is, how it changes and generate ideas that will create a culture of high wellbeing and low consumption at your school.

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Step 4 - Design your Good Life Charter

Step 4 is about turning your ideas into school commitments and co-creating a Good Life Charter for your school. These lessons will help your group identify the people they need to involve when drafting their Good Life Charter to ensure that their plans are supported by the whole school community.

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Step 5 - Put your Charter into action

Step 5 is about putting your Good Life Charter into action! This is the step that will take the most time but will be the most fun! Use the two lessons below to help you plan your activities and get the local community involved.


In addition to the lesson plans below, you’ll need to allocate some group sessions for project activities and group action.

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Step 6 - Reflect, share and celebrate

No matter where you are on your journey, it’s important to take time to reflect on how far you’ve come and share your progress. Celebrate the difference your group are making with a Celebration Assembly, bringing together everyone who has helped you on your journey so far

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Stories and inspiration
raised beds at the side of a field

Connecting with nature

Students at Ark Burlington Danes Academy turned empty, unused patches of playground into a way to reduce consumption in school by growing their own fruit and vegetables.

A group of young students using screwdrivers in a repair workshop

Fixing and repairing

As a school community, Fulham Cross Academy created a space where students can bring broken items and get these fixed.

A group of students in football kit sitting on the grass. One young boy is smiling at the camera and giving a thumbs up.

Getting active for a good cause

Students in the Good Life Group at Ark Burlington Danes Academy identified single-use plastics in the canteen as a huge issue in their school and came up with an innovative way to solve the problem.

Two groups of students sat around tables in the school hall working on a project together.

Meat-Less mondays

Young people at Hammersmith Academy came together as part of a Good Life Group to work towards reducing meat consumption in their school.

A group of girls in school uniform are planting seeds in a raised bed. One girl is smiling directly at the camera

Collective action for good

The Good Life Group at Fulham Cross Girls School wanted to help everyone lead happier, more sustainable lives and conducted an audit to identify how they could reduce consumption and improve student wellbeing.

Pairs of young boys gathered around laptops in a classroom.

Quotes for wellbeing

The Good Life Group at Fulham Boys School agreed they wanted to improve the wellbeing of students in the school by updating the inspirational quotes that were displayed in their school hallways.

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