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 Calling all young green champions!

Enter today and you could win £6000* funding from Ecover

The Observer Ethical Awards in association with Ecover is calling on teachers, parents and youth group leaders to encourage their Young Green Champions to enter their world saving ideas into the Ecover Young Green Champions Award competition so that they have the chance to win £6000* funding from Ecover to help make them happen.

The Ecover Young Green Champions award is open to classmates, youth groups, friends and individuals who are under the age of 18 with ideas so good they’ll make everyone around them leap in the air with joy!  Perhaps you know of a student already saving the world (or at least your local community or school) through their brilliant recycling scheme or a youth group rescuing wildlife or busting carbon footprints.  If so, the judges want to hear about it, and more importantly what they plan to do with the prize money to really make a difference.

For all the enormous effort that you, as adults, put into making these projects work, there is a further reward:  Nominate the project of the group you work with and encourage your Young Green Champions to enter and you could win a three night stay for a family of four at The Coppice Woodland in Hertfordshire with Sawday’s Canopy & Stars.

So what are you waiting for –

*subject to terms and conditions


OK, school councillors (and link teachers!), this is YOUR chance for YOUR school to take part in a genuine Guinness World Record attempt, along with every other school in the country. The attempt is being organised by the Health Protection Agency (wow!) and School Councils UK jointly.

On Monday October 15th, an official Guinness World Record attempt will take place to set the record for young people at school, all doing the same hand hygiene lesson at the same time. Schools across the UK will be taking part and you are invited to join in, so that you can say that you are a Guinness World Record holder. Yes, you!

 There is no cost to take part. 

Simply ask your teacher to go to to register your school’s interest in being involved and to receive your information pack to tell you how to enter. We will send your teacher the information you need. School councillors should ask the link teacher to register and not do so themselves.

Of course, there’s a serious side to this. We want young people to realise just how important hand hygiene is. Washing your hands is quite simply the best thing you can do to protect yourself against many diseases. 

We’d like you to have the chance to show the world that when young people speak with one voice they should be heard. Already, many schools have signed up. Just think! If you and everyone else takes part, we could have the biggest ever number of young people doing the same thing at the same time. You will show them what a very powerful voice young people have.

 Please help us spread the word by mobile and on Twitter (follow @schoolcouncils and @HPAuk)

 Note to teachers:  there’s a great lesson plan available to back up this exciting and fun event.

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SCUK Newsletter No. 26 : 21/02/12


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Thank you if you have signed ERIC’s Bog Standard petition to improve school toilets. Comments on the petition reaffirm that dirty and poorly maintained toilets are a problem for children across the country. We have received 845 signatures so far and we’re still going strong, please keep passing the petition to your friends and help us reach our target.

 We must act now to show we will not stand for children forced to use disgusting, smelly and unhygienic school toilets lacking toilet paper and soap and with no minimum standards. While adults have staff toilets governed by regulations.

 On 28th February 2012, ERIC will be going to central London to campaign against the government’s proposed changes to school toilet legislation. Please join us.

 If you have an hour to spare mid morning on 28th February in London, please come and support the campaign. For more information, please email need as many people as possible!

 We need to raise £500 to cover the cost of the campaign. If you are unable to attend but would like to support us, please donate £3 (or whatever you can) by texting LOOS12 £3 70070 or visit  

 A further update…

 The Government has proposed scrapping the specific provisions on toilets in the School Premises Regulations. This would mean no substantive regulation for pupils, whose facilities would not have to meet consistent and clearly defined standards.

 The Workplace Regulations (1992) ensure that toilet and water facilities used by staff in schools meet proper standards, but they do not cover facilities used by pupils. Pupils have to make do with stipulations in the School Premises Regulations (1999), which fall well short of the same standards.

 ERIC and the PCF (Paediatric Continence Forum) have submitted formal responses to the regulations’ consultation (over 80 responses were received in total) and over the next few weeks, ministers will consider these responses and decide how to alter the regulations.

 Some progress has been made with 27 MPs backing a motion tabled by Valerie Vaz MP calling for the Government to rethink their plans. Meetings with the Department for Education are ongoing and a number of parliamentarians have raised the issue with Michael Gove and Andrew Lansley. ERIC and the PCF will continue to meet MPs and peers to raise the profile of this issue further.

 It would be great to see you in London on 28th February! Thank you for your support.

 Best regards,


Natasha Collins-Daniel

Education and Media Manager

ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence)

Direct line: 0117 301 2103 and 24/7 Helpline: 0845 370 8008

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School Councils UK Newsletter No. 24 from 24/01/12


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The answer to this, it would sadly seem, is no.

It appears there are no regulations in place to ensure minimum standards of toilet facilities for school children.  Whilst there is legislation in place to cover the number of toilets and handbasins that have to be provided (School Premises Regulations 1999), that legislation does not say that they have to be clean.  It doesn’t say that there has to be hot water or soap, or toilet seats, or lockable doors….

At present, the Government is proposing to revise even the small amount of stipulations that do exist – taking away the standards governing the number of facilities that have to be provided.

Our Partner, ERIC’s Bog Standard Campaign, is campaigning against these proposed revisions, and continues to campaign for improved legislation covering school toilets.  This would mean that amongst other things:-

  • the 23% of schools that don’t provide hot water would have to do so
  • the 31% of schools that don’t give the children soap to wash their hands with would have to do so
  • the 40% of Primary Schools that don’t provide sanitary bins for older girls would have to make them available

(taken from a survey carried out by school nurses in 2003 on behalf of the Community Practitioners & Health Visitors Association)

Please do one small thing that could vastly improve the Health & Wellbeing of many, many schoolchildren – click on the link below and sign the petition.

 Thank You

Win a storyteller visit and other great prizes for your school!

To celebrate World Toilet Day on 19th November 2011, all entries for a School Toilet Award will be entered into a prize draw to win exciting prizes including a storyteller visit and signed book sets by authors including Michael Morpurgo and Steve Cole. Prizes will be suitable for primary and secondary schools. 

Schools that provide good standard toilets that meet the needs of their pupils can gain an award to recognise and celebrate their achievement. The School Toilet Award is open to every primary and secondary school, including special schools, maintained and non-maintained, in the UK as well as to British schools overseas. Schools can apply for the Award online or by post. There is no cost to schools – entry and support materials are free. For more information visit

Our latest Newsletter – Global Handwashing Day Special – is now available.

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