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Plastic Clever SChools

Hi, from Amy and Ella

Thank you for dropping by. We’re on a really important mission against single-use plastics, and we need YOU and your PUPILS to help us out.

If your school has previously joined the Plastic Clever Schools initiative, please visit our FAQ page to find out how to continue your important work and progress.

If you’re new to Plastic Clever Schools, please see the information below.


The aim of the Plastic Clever Schools is to help schools meet SMASH the Government’s 2022 plastic target, if not by the end of December 2021, then as is realistically possible after that date. 

Why should schools get involved?

Well, in 2018, Damian Hinds MP, the then Secretary of State for Education, challenged schools to eliminate non-essential plastics by 2022. Since then, very little has been done (by Government) to help schools reach this target, and there isn’t long until the target elapses. 

If the aim of the Plastic Clever Schools initiative is achieved, a generation of school children across the UK will have been involved in important education, awareness and action against single-use plastic pollution, leading the way for other counties across the UK to follow.

A legacy of the Challenge will be a ‘blueprint’, or model, for schools, counties and even countries can use to rid schools of problem plastics.

so what will schools have to do to become Plastic Clever?

Becoming Plastic Clever is straightforward and achievable for any school, big or small. It’s also super-inspiring and empowering for pupils as they play an important role in every step of the journey. Plus it’s really educational and good fun as Plastic Clever Schools has been designed by children and teachers for children and teachers.

There are three steps to becoming a Plastic Clever School:

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Learn about plastic pollution and inspire others in school to take action.

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Identify any problem plastics in school and prepare to take action to eliminate them.

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Take action to ‘swap out’ or remove single-use plastics. 

Amy – at hand to support you!

And you’ll be supported every step of the way

We’ll be doing all we can to help you achieve Plastic Clever School status, through:

+  FREE teacher resources, pupil workbooks and worksheets

+  FREE skills and support webinars and workshops by Amy (KAP) and Sarah (Common Seas)

+  Tips and suggestions from members of the Kids Against Plastic Club.

Still unsure about how to become Plastic Clever? 

Use the button below to find out more.

Archie – an awesome member of the KAP Club.


EVERY school that reaches Plastic Clever status will win a Plastic Clever prize bundle.

And one school (outside of Nottinghamshire) will receive a special award and prize.

Not from NOtts Award

Outstanding commitment

This award will be received by a school not from Nottinghamshire - so any other school that has achieved Plastic Clever status by meeting the new criteria and demonstrated commitment and achievement above and beyond what was expected.

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How to join

Joinging the challenge is quick and simple 

To take part, all schools have to do is join Plastic Clever Schools using the form below.  Once registration has been completed, information about the Plastic Clever Schools initiative will be communicated through the email address used during registration.

* After submitting the registration form, please check your inbox (and SPAM folder) for the confirmation email.

Join today… 

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    What happens next?

    One the day you join you will receive a confirmation and welcome email and your school pin on the Progress Map will change colour to show your account has been activated and that you are working on Level 1 - Inspire..

    Then, you're all set to go and will be able to Login and:

    + Set your password
    Set your team name choose your team avatar
    + Upload evidence to progress through the Challenge levels
    + Earn Bonus points that go towards winning an award

    PLUS, all schools that join the Challenge will receive a FREE Teacher Guide and Pupil Challenge Workbook packed with fact sheets and worksheets to provide step-by-step support throughout the Plastic Clever journey.

    Amy will also be running webinars and workshops to make sure all schools feel fully supported.

    For more information, see  How To Become Plastic Clever.

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    Please carefully complete the form below to sign your school onto the Plastic Clever School Challenge.

    Note: If the form contains any errors, we will not receive it.