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Composting is widely acknowledged to be one of the most positive actions we can take for the environment, and in many cases it can also save schools money. Composting is also a fantastic learning resource which can support many curriculum areas. Whether your focus is minibeasts, habitats, micro-organisms or global warming, composting can provide hands-on learning opportunities for pupils of all ages.

Traditional composting is popular in schools across the UK; Devon is leading the way with supporting schools to compost their cooked food waste as well as peels and cores. The guidance below will support schools wishing to start or improve its composting, as well as using it as a teaching tool.

composting school guide'Composting in School: A practical guide to composting food waste'

This guide has been written for schools interested in composting their cooked food waste as well as cores and peels.

It explains the different types of composting equipment available; explores issues to consider before you purchase your composter; explains how to achieve the all-important balance of materials for successful composting; and suggests ways to involve the whole school in this ground-breaking form of composting.

Compost Curriculum Handbook

It doesn't matter if you are a complete beginner, or a seasoned rotter; whether you have a 'state of the art' composter, or a neglected plastic 'Dalek' in the corner of the playground.

This handbook supports teachers to use composting as an inspiring teaching resource throughout the school year. For each month it contains a curriculum-linked KS2 lesson plan and an Eco Team activity, plus a wealth of supporting documents to bring composting to life for adults and pupils.

Click on the image below for a preview of selected pages from this exciting resource. If you work in a Devon School, email recycle@devon.gov.uk to receive a free hard copy of the handbook. (Numbers are restricted to one per school, two for larger primaries). Alternatively download it straight away in an easy-to-read pdf format below.