Composting is a fantastic learning resource which can support many curriculum areas and provide hands-on learning opportunities for pupils of all ages. It is also an essential life-skill and can save the school money in bin costs and buying in compost for the garden.
Devon Community Composting Network offers to help primary and secondary schools in Devon and Torbay set up and maintain composting systems, use compost as a learning resource, plan your outdoor space for growing and help link to the curriculum. Look at our sister project www.growingdevonschools.org for more information:
- Advice on how to set up a composting system at your school – see the step-by-step guide and Composting in School: a practical guide handbook to find out what this might include.
- Organise a waste audit – DCCN works closely with the Devon Waste Education Programme, which offers waste audits to find out how much waste your school produces, including food waste. This is a fantastic hands on activity to get the whole school thinking about what happens to their waste.
- Compost health checks – check how your existing composting system is doing, including repairing equipment and advising on the composting process.
- Help with funding – help you to apply for funding, to set up or upgrade your composting system.
- Training – train teachers, caretakers and pupils in using the composting system.
- Compost assemblies and workshops – to raise the profile of composting in your school and introduce ways of learning about compost in the curriculum.
- Skills share visits – coordinate a skills share visit to a nearby composting school so you can see how their system works and meet a composting mentor.
Contact the Devon Community Composting Network team to book a visit and for more details of costs etc: