Growing Schools Garden Award
Working with the Botanic Gardens Education Network (BGEN), Growing Schools has developed an award for gardens that provide advice and training for schools, and demonstrate how gardens can be used for active learning across the curriculum. Gardens of all kinds, including school gardens, are eligible for the new awards.
As an accredited GSGs site, you will join a network of GSGs throughout England that:
- Exemplify good practice, including risk management, in children’s learning in the natural environment
- Provide training for teachers and educators to develop outdoor classrooms for learning
- Provide access to gardens that offer a range of plant displays and opportunities for learning outside the classroom
What are the benefits of becoming a Growing Schools Gardens site?
Achieving GSGs accreditation is evidence that your site is benchmarking the provision of educational visits – by delivering high quality teaching and learning experiences and managing risk effectively. The process of accreditation and the scheme’s system of monitoring and evaluation also provide a framework for sites to regularly examine and develop their practice.
Membership of the GSGs community also brings other benefits:
- Recognition by the Department for Education and Growing Schools of both the quality of your site and the standard of your educational provision
- It facilitates contacts with other GSGs to share experience and knowledge
- GSGs accreditation enhances the status of educational provision within your site
- It opens up the potential for further collaboration and partnerships with other GSGs on Growing Schools activities
- Your site is highlighted on BGEN and other Growing Schools Websites
How to become a Growing Schools Garden site
Resources for Growing Schools Gardens