We've created our Catalyst for Change teacher awards to recognise and celebrate teachers inspiring the next generation of environmental leaders.

Who was your favourite teacher? We bet their name is right there on the tip of your tongue, because we all remember the teachers and leaders who inspired us most at school. With children's values set from the age of eight, it's even more important to reach them with sustainability messages early on in their lives. So we think that the teachers who are inspiring young people to care about the environment are worth their weight in gold.

Every year, we celebrate the excellent work done by students on our free schools programmes, but this year also wanted to recognise and celebrate incredible teachers too, so we've created the ‘Global Action Plan Catalyst for Change’ award for teachers.

Celebrating excellence

Our inaugural winners are three teachers that we think have shown real dedication to and passion for supporting their students in engaging with sustainability issues.

The teachers

Cyd Worden - Trinity Church of England School, Belvedere, Kent

Cyd's enthusiasm, encouragement and leadership in getting her Year 8 students involved in our H20 Heroes water-saving programme resulted in the students reaching 5,000 with their water-saving messaging.

“We're now considering how we can continue to involve the whole school community in other environmentally linked projects, so that the school community, led by the students, behaves more sustainably,” said Cyd, who has seen the impact of student engagement and is keen to see it roll out across the school.

Kevin Drury, Middle Park Primary, Eltham, London

Kevin was very keen to involve his students in a sustainability focussed schools programme, and supported them in our H2O Heroes water-saving programme,  encouraging them to lead on their projects. Demonstrating the value of working together, Kevin's students showed the rest of the school a united front with their water-saving work. This motivated the students to support each other - some of whom were the youngest students to take part - so it was fantastic to see a strong campaign (reaching 775 people) as a result.  

Tracy Guild, Nafferton Primary, Yorkshire

Tracy Guild (pictured on the far right of the photo) from Nafferton Primary worked really hard to engage her students in our Water Explorer programme last school year, and supported them to become our National Winners.

Tracy encouraged her students to incorporate learning about water into all their topic work (across different school subjects) which allowed them to gain a really deep understanding of water issues.

“I’m there to inspire children, and move their learning forward,” said Tracy, who supported her students' campaign of writing to persuade the new Headteacher to continue the Water Explorer programme. As a result of Tracy's support, encouragement and vision, Nafferton Primary have upped their green credentials even further with an Eco- and a Water Explorer sub-committee in their school council.