In the last 14 years of the Better Energy School Awards (previously known as the Total Green School Awards), we have seen amazing environmental projects submitted by 370,000 young people, guided by their inspirational teachers.

The Better Energy School Awards aim to assist and encourage environmental education for young people aged 5-11. They promote cross-curricular work on the environment and ANY work you are doing at your school covering any kind of environmental issue can be entered.  The Better Energy School Awards for excellence in environmental education link with the National Curriculum for England and Wales and the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, click here to explore our guides.

Enter your school today!

The Better Energy 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 receive a total of £5,000 for the school funds.  

In addition to all the winners, 16 Runners-Up will receive £250 each for the school funds.  A further 20 Highly Commended schools will receive £100.

Please see competition rules for more details.



Over 50 chances to win!

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 Runners-Up
20 prizes of £100 for Highly Commended entries
Downloadable certificate for every entry received

UK Champion 2020 - St Pancras Catholic Primary School

UK Champion 2020

St Pancras Catholic Primary School
Part of One

For their entry, the school's Eco Council decided that a song would be a great way to talk about everyone's collective responsibility to care for the planet.  So they wrote the music and words as a group and learned them in readiness for recording their own pop video. The result is outstanding...

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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 - Better Energy 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 - Better Energy 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 - Better Energy School Awards

Totally Creative

Totally Creative is the category for environmentally themed art, music, drama and poetry.  Examples include: save the planet song; pollution rap; art inspired by the environment; cleaner planet mur......

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Totally Scientific - Better Energy School Awards

Totally Scientific

For projects involving any aspect of Science, for example: Identifying plants and animals; studying living things and their habitats; carrying out experiments or looking at life cycles and nutritio......

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Created in 2006, the Better Energy School Awards celebrate and reward the huge enthusiasm, commitment and great energy for environmental learning by thousands of young people across the UK.  We are proud to support the Young Peoples’ Trust for the Environment and the work they do in bringing young people together to learn about the natural world and the need for sustainability.

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

Website: for a huge range of environmental information, written for young people and teachers

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

Educational videos: Free, downloadable videos on key environmental issues for use by teachers and students.

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

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.