Power Down Pete
The delivery of environmental education into schools has always been a strength of the team with Schools Carbon Reduction Officer Peter Bell developing a superhero alter ago called “Power Down Pete”. He flys into primary schools delivering his planet protecting message with a range of teaching resources to deliver to all key stages. The service has always been a supporter of the International “Eco Schools” programme (www.eco-schools.org.uk ) and have tailored activities to act as evidence for progression through the scheme.
We keep our service fresh by taking feedback from customers and developing new activities and subjects. Topics covered are Waste, Water, Energy, Climate change, Rainforests and even an international concept through a study of Japan. The latest concept is based around the WW2 curriculum area by combining elements of the home front in WW2 with what is required in the era of a climate emergency entitled “ARPete! Switch that light out!”
This service is available to schools who are part of the Primary Package but can also be purchased on a half daily or daily rate.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on how deliver this part of the service, bu tin a positive way! We now have online teaching resources and can deliver assemblies and all activities remotely. For those schools who still wish to have power Down Pete visit school then we have put measures in place to reduce the risk of infection transfer and have a full risk assessment to cover all activities.
We normally run a termly programme of interactive pupil events on a range of themes including: Waste, Energy, Fairtrade and Healthy Schools. Up to 100 pupils from a range of schools (who are part of our Primary Package) can join events for free. These often take place at the beautiful RHS Harlow Carr gardens, Harrogate in their purpose built sustainable Bramall Learning Centre. We also run pupil farm events on North Yorkshire farms to show pupils where their food comes from. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has rather curtailed these activities for 2020 but we are working hard to get these on line and hope to be back delivering these in person when restrictions allow.
Teacher training and the Healthy Schools Programme
Each school year we normally host Eco Schools training from the National Eco Schools team, bookable via NYES under the Energy Team training page. (NYES). However, the Covid-19 pandemic has curtailed activities in 2020 but we are working to produce online training and hope to be back in person when restrictions allow.
Since 2019 we have jointly run the North Yorkshire Healthy Schools programme with colleagues in the Education Service. Find out more about how your school can join for free, thanks to North Yorkshire Public Health funding for two years, at www.healthyschoolsnorthyorks.org
The scheme works across four core themes: Active Lifestyles, Emotional Health & Wellbeing, Food in Schools (including cooking and growing) and PHSE. Staff Wellbeing & Pupil Voice are key elements. There are three levels of award to achieve: Bronze, Silver and Gold.