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.