What is a SEMP?
A SEMP is a comprehensive strategy that delivers on your school’s intentions in environmental education and management. The goal of a SEMP is to apply principles of ecologically sustainable development across all current and future school activities.
Eco Educate aims to support more Australian primary and secondary schools to meet this criteria through our SEMP program offering. Our program guides schools through the design and delivery of their SEMP, offers all learning resources to engage every year level, and helps to address a number of areas, such as:
- Principal’s Statement
- School Vision Statement
- Whole school environmental education strategy
- Goals of the school Environmental Committee
- …and much more
‘Eco Educate’s SEMP means we never lose track of our sustainability goals!’
– IAN LOWE, A BIG FIX
Eco Educate’s SEMP program has a unique focus on placing students at the heart of environmental impact in their school. We believe in lifting the standards of Climate Literacy and Sustainable Practice to build the skillset of tomorrow’s leaders as custodians of their school and planet. To do this, we connect schools with the right industry leaders in sustainability, and the best curriculum-aligned, challenge-based learning resources for each year level! Read more about the program features below.
All program resources hosted within our safe, user-friendly online platform.
Aligned to state and national publications (e.g. SEMP & Climate Ready Schools Guide)
Tracking and measuring your progress to keep schools in the diver seat of their SEMP
Engaging curriculum-aligned, challenge-based learning provided for six year levels.
Connects you with industry leaders who are innovating in sustainable practice.
Holistic approach to sustainability covering 5 topic areas: food, water, waste, energy & culture
Teaching and furthering the United Nations 17 Global Goals (SDGs)
Additional support & facilitation available in Staff PD, school presentations, incursions and more.
Financial sponsorship available making the SEMP program more accessible to schools
Education & Year Level Challenges
Resources within Eco Educate’s SEMP program are designed to challenge students in systems thinking and innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to climate action within their school.
All education in the program is aligned with the Australian Curriculum – capabilities, competencies, & cross-curriculum priorities (Sustainability & Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures).
‘Basic environmental literacy should be part of everyone’s formal education’
– IAN LOWE, A BIG FIX
As part of the SEMP program, Eco Educate provides challengebased learning to all year levels across five topic areas – food, water, waste, energy and culture – for a holistic approach to environmental exploration. Challenges in the program introduce relevant industry organisations that provide real-world application and context for the education. Scroll down to explore some of the challenges and industry partners within the program!
Examples of challenge-based learning in the program
The SEMP program and platform has all related resources sitting in one place and ready to use – it is designed as a D.I.Y whole school environmental program! Schools have ongoing access to these resources and the online platform managed on an annual commitment basis.
School Environmental Management Plan (SEMP) Annual access to the platform, content & challenges for all year levels
Full annual access to Eco Educate’s online platform to build and deliver your school’s SEMP. Complete with valuable industry partners and curriculum-aligned, challenge-based learnings for all year levels.
Extra Support & Facilitation
In addition to this, we know many schools benefit from extra support and facilitation. Though our Staff PD, Incursion and Workshop offerings, Eco Educate can come in to your school to build a strong foundation for the program so that it is sustainable and achievable for staff and students.
We are committed to helping your school implement the meaningful environmental education provided in this program. Please check out the support services outlined below.
Extra Support & Facilitation
Consultation Professional support for your school’s sustainability contact.
Our team will make time to meet with the school contact driving your SEMP. This session can be really helpful to learn more about the membership offerings, what resources and support is available, and how to align the program with your school sustainability strategy for the best outcome.
Year Level Module Presentation Incursion 90 Mins
We deliver a module to each year level and set students and staff up to successfully achieve their semester challenge. Whether it’s a fundraiser challenge or outdoor challenge, we will facilitate an engaging session helping students to step up as custodians in their topics of food, water, waste, energy & culture!
Eco Club Incursion 90 Mins
We work with your passionate Eco Club or committee to provide a full introduction to the Eco Educate School Membership. Together we will explore your current SEMP as well as tips for how to track and support the program school-wide. We work to empower your eco-leaders through themes of custodianship & Global Citizenship.
Staff PD Workshop 90 Mins
We can work with your school staff to build or refine your SEMP – it’s what we do! This workshop runs all staff through an introduction to the Eco Educate Membership platform and program for staff ensuring a united approach to your school’s sustainability strategy and your Environmental Vision Statement.
Get in touch with our team today to learn more about this program and hear how Eco Educate can support your school’s SEMP this year!