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Smart Energy GB launches SMART Squad schools programme

The national campaign for smart meters is making available free teaching resources to engage schools with energy efficiency

Posted by Julian Owen | December 09, 2017 | Sustainability

Smart Energy GB, the national campaign for a smart meter rollout, has launched a series of dedicated teaching resources, free to schools, to help engage primary pupils with smart meters and energy efficient behaviour.

The curriculum-linked resources include a lesson presentation and activity sheets, designed to help encourage energy saving behaviour in the home. The resources are available to download in English and Welsh here

The announcement follows a successful pilot of the SMART Squad programme in Welsh schools earlier this year. Results of the pilot showed that SMART Squad made a “significant difference” to primary school pupils’ knowledge of energy efficiency - bringing them closer to the level of understanding of secondary pupils - and leading to a direct change in energy efficient behaviours both in school and at home. 

Participating teachers reported that the resources engaged pupils and were a good fit with the curriculum, with primary school teachers using them with science, geography, PSE and global citizenship lessons. Feedback stated that they provided a good opportunity to develop numeracy and literacy skills, encouraging group work and class discussion. 

Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB, said: “Our SMART Squad programme has demonstrated that, when given the right tools and knowledge, children can be a real catalyst for change when it comes to energy saving. That’s why we’re offering all primary schools across the country the opportunity to make these resources a part of their lessons and help their pupils to get a real understanding of energy efficiency and smart meters. 

Smart meters, which show you exactly how much energy you are using in pounds and pence, are one of the easiest and most effective ways for families across Great Britain to make positive changes to their energy behaviour and reduce their bills.” 

Lowri Evans, a teacher at Ysgol Bro Hyddgen, Machynlleth, Powys said: “I would highly recommend the resources to any teacher who wants to teach their class about energy saving and energy efficient behaviour. The resources are easy to access, informative and digestible.” 

The SMART Squad resources aim to help pupils learn about the importance of energy efficiency and how to be energy SMART:

 - Save: Don’t waste energy

 - Monitor: Keep an eye on how much you’re using

 - Advise: Help your family, friends, school and community to save energy

 - Record: Record what you see

 - Turn it off: Turn things off that you’re not using 

The project was initiated following publication of A Smart Route to Change, a white paper published by Smart Energy GB, setting out how everyone involved in Britain’s smart meter rollout should apply behavioural science to help change energy use for the better. 

Click here for more information about SMART Squad and to download the resources. 

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