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March has come!

It is March already

We had a great holiday and hope you did too? It has been great to see some of you in your schools and we are getting very excited for some of the upcoming projects underway in March. There are lots of exciting things to do in March so check out some of the great projects available.

Poetry by Heart is a national poetry speaking competition for schools and colleges, open to all pupils in key stages 2 to 5. Taking part in Poetry By Heart is all about developing confidence with poetry in an enjoyable, accessible and engaging way. Registration, participation and competition entry are free for schools and colleges in England. So get your school signed up as soon as you can and get practising, who knows we might see you at the Globe performing soon!

Go to to get involved

Then, just follow the steps below to get a chance to share your performance from the Globe.

  1. Choose poems
  2. Find a poem to learn from any of our timeline and showcase collections
  3. Learn poems by heart
  4. With tips on how to memorise poems and how to polish them for performance
  5. Perform poems out loud
  6. Share your poems aloud in a class, club or event of any shape or size, at school or college
  7. Enter the national competition
  8. Do it your way - either the 1- poem Freestyle celebration or the 2-poem Classic championship
  9. Come to the Grand Finale

Classic finalists and the best Freestylers perform on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe, London – with guest tickets for schools taking part

The Fourth Plinth

The Fourth Plinth Schools Awards are now open for entries. It’s a chance for schools to get creative and produce a work of art inspired by the contemporary art commissions for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth. Once again, partner Cass Art – the UK’s leading independent art supplies retailer is making sure there are some fantastic prizes up for grabs. We have even had winning entries from Hallfield at WCU before so there’s lots to be excited about if you are an art fan.

 Here’s how to get involved:

  1. Design an artwork inspired by the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square
  2. Scan or take a photo of your artwork and submit it to the online gallery
  3. That’s it!
  4. Entries can be in all art forms including drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and digital designs. There’s no limit to the number of entries from each school and both group and individual entries are welcome.

There are winner and runner-up prizes for different age categories: 5-7 years, 8-11 years and 12-15 years, as well as prizes for the best work from each borough. There’ll also be a presentation ceremony at New City Hall and all winning entries will appear in an exhibition in late spring.


Go Green Celebrations

Saturday 9th March 2024 2-5pm

Venue: Grand Junction at St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Rowington Close, London W2 5TF

If you prefer outdoor activities and are interested in how to look after our environment how about joining the team from the Paddington Development Trust We will spend an afternoon at Grand Junction with eco activities, games, sustainability, and free healthy food.

With a lot of free activities to get involved in too which will include …

  • Face painting
  • Clothes upcycling stations
  • Clothes Swap
  • Craft and art activities
  • Free fruit and tea/coffee
  • Westminster Council will be present with info stalls on climate change, recycling and air pollution

You don’t need to book just turn up and you will be most welcome!


Or how about growing food with your parents and the community to eat and share?


Let’s Grow Westbourne

Join in with the PDT team growing food that you can take home and eat!

Every Wednesday from 10am until 12pm

Sundays 11am until 1pm

Let’s Grow Westbourne is a Free local gardening group for the Westbourne community. Join us in our community garden as we grow plants together! All are welcome, just wear shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. We will have light refreshments available. Woodchester Square W2 is where the allotment entrance is located.


Call Lina on 07801 749 828 or email for more information


Into Film

In 2022, Into Film were delighted to welcome over 350,000 young people to screenings and events all across the UK. Over three million pupils and teachers have walked through cinema doors across the UK since the first Festival in 2013, and that number only increases each year. Boasting everything from specialist films to exclusive previews of upcoming blockbusters - as well as inclusive SEN and autism-friendly screenings - the Into Film Festival has something to offer everyone.

We know that many of you will be at screenings alongside us and look forward to seeing you all there this March. If you would like to write reviews, we are opening a film review tab so you might be one of the first reviews published!

Happy Lizzy and the Happy Hub

Youth Club for Harrow Road

Offering young people a safe place to hang out and have fun. (With a bunch of activities, free food, and friendly enhanced DBS checked staff) This is a great place to hang out and meet new friends after school and during the holidays.

Find out more at

Teach the Teachers

In the UK, climate change is not a mandatory part of the curriculum for students. As young people, climate change is something we’re seeing happen today that will only get worse throughout our lifetimes. If we want to have the skills and knowledge to tackle it, we need to act now!

If you would like a chance to explore the subject of sustainability and become teachers yourselves this is the perfect class project for you!

Teach the Teacher are looking to have climate change put into the curriculum across all subjects, showing students the different ways it will impact them and that the different ways they can make a difference, whatever their interests are.

To do this, Teach the Teacher trains groups of young people in schools to give their teachers lessons on climate change and what it’s like being a young person during the climate emergency. These lessons give students the skills to talk about climate and advocate for themselves, and shows teachers how they can take action in their teaching too. After the lessons, we’ve got a range of resources to support teachers in making that positive change too!

If you’re a student interested in bringing Teach the Teacher to your school, register your interest with us now and we’ll be in touch to work set everything up. If you’re the parent or guardian of a student and you’re interested in this opportunity, you can support your student to take part or use our resources to promote Teach the Teacher to their school. And if you’re a teacher, please feel free to promote Teach the Teacher to students you think would benefit from taking part, and check out our resources page for the rest!

For any questions or more information, please email

Collect and Recycle old batteries with the Duracell Battery Hunt

The BIG BATTERY HUNT is a nationwide recycling challenge, inspiring pupils to power change across their schools and wider communities. Now in its fifth year, the BIG BATTERY HUNT is bigger and better than ever!

“Showing children that small environmental actions, when taken collectively, can make a big difference is illustrated brilliantly by Duracell’s Big Battery Hunt.”

Register or log in today for free teaching resources, plus the chance to win amazing prizes. Simply tell us your battery count on the leader board page and those with the highest average collection per participating pupil could win £3,500 towards outdoor equipment, Nintendo Switches, and more!

Spring cleaning opportunities

Great Big School Clean 2024

The Great Big School Clean allows young people to take ownership over their local community, showing that they love where they live. This year's clean takes place between 15th March - 31st March, and to celebrate Keep Britain Tidy's 70th anniversary we're encouraging pupils to make a #platinumpledge such as picking 70 items or making a collective effort to pick 70 bags! This year's campaign officially launches on Friday 23rd February, but keep an eye on your inboxes on Wednesday 28th February, when Eco-Schools will be sharing further details.

At Keep Britain Tidy, they believe that no one is too small to make a big difference. And when we all come together,  that big difference becomes a huge one.   If every child who attended school in the UK pledged to pick up just one bag of litter during the Great Big School Clean, we could remove 10.3 million bags of litter from our natural environment.   

Join the Great Big School Clean this spring and be part of the #BigBagChallenge - make a big difference to care for the places and the planet we love.   

How to join the Great Big School Clean    

Let them know how many pupils will take part and how many bags they pledge to collect by clicking the pledge button on the site. We encourage nurseries to join us too!

You can start picking up any time from now until the end of term. 

Once you’ve made your pledge, you’ll receive a digital pack of resources for teachers, by e-mail, to help you activate the campaign in your school. The pack contains:   

1.            A ‘How to’ litter pick guide for schools  

2.            Litter Bingo   

3.            Guess the Decade litter quiz

4.            Details of our litter competition with the Vintage Litter Museum

5.            Thank you certificates for your #LitterHeroes

6.Pledge As A SchoolPlus icon

Join the Litter Legends Quiz - Live!  

Is your school full of Wise Womblers? Clever Carbonistas  ?Waste Warriors?

Then why not put your school’s knowledge to the test (it’s a fun test – we promise!). Join Keep Britain Tidy, Eco-Schools England and children’s author Sarah Roberts for our first ever Live Litter Legends quiz!

Every school who pledges to take part in the Great Big School Clean will be invited to join the free, virtual event at 11am on 24 March 2023.

Pledge to take part now, and details of how-to sign-up for the event will be shared soon!