The Clean Air 4 Croydon Schools project was commissioned to raise awareness of air quality among primary school children. This project was based on the London Sustainability Exchange Toolkit and delivered by an environmental educator with the support of the Pollution Team at Croydon Council.
The main causes of air pollution and the health implications of poor air quality were investigated; and the potential for behaviour change amongst parents, teachers and pupils were explored, particularly in relation to engine idling, and travel to and from school.
Air quality awareness was raised using social marketing and by promoting behaviour change during assemblies, on posters and banners, leaflets to parents and the completion of idling surveys outside schools.
To facilitate post project air quality lessons staff members took part in CPD training which provided them with adaptable learning resources.
Key individuals and groups essential to the success of the project:
Participating schools; Broadmead Primary School, Rockmount Primary School, and West Thornton Primary Academy.
Download the full report Clean Air 4 Croydon Schools 2013
Participating schools; ARK Oval Primary Academy, Howard Primary School, and Parish Church CE Junior School.
Download the full report Clean Air 4 Croydon Schools 2014
A joint borough Clean Air 4 Schools project involving the London Boroughs of Croydon, Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth is currently in progress (2015/16) and will continue in 2016/17. The project is led by Wandsworth and delivered by London Sustainability Exchange (LSx) in three primary schools in each borough.
Current interest in air quality in London and its impact on health especially for young people has led to the development of a number of freely available air quality educational resources being developed.