Newsletter 18th September 2019

Welcome back to Energy Sparks for the new school year! Over the summer we have expanded the Energy Sparks family and are delighted to be welcoming so many new schools to the programme.  A big welcome to all of our new schools.



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Welcome back to Energy Sparks for the new school year!

Over the summer we have expanded the Energy Sparks family and are delighted to be welcoming so many new schools to the programme.  A big welcome to all of our new schools.  

Here at Energy Sparks we are really looking forward to what the new academic year has in store.  We have recently completed a redesign of our website that we hope will enable pupils to take the lead on more energy saving activities.   

Pupil passwords
Pupils now have the option to log into your school’s Energy Sparks account without the need for an email address. You can set pupil passwords for your school within the ‘Manage users’ tab, under ‘Manage School’. Pupil passwords can be set to a memorable word of your choice that’s easy for pupils to remember.
Users can now choose which sign in route to take from their school’s home page on Energy Sparks eg:

New Pupil dashboard
Whether signed in as a teacher or pupil, users can access their school’s new pupil dashboard which highlights illustrated energy facts about your school’s energy use, as well as links to explore the data in more detail, alerts showing recent changes in energy consumption, activity suggestions and a new online system for recording and providing feedback on classroom temperatures.
The illustrations on this page have been especially commissioned for Energy Sparks from illustrator, Lisa Maltby whose previous work includes children’s guidebooks to Chatsworth House and Harewood House and commissions for the National Trust and English Heritage.

Energy Sparks email and text alerts
As well as providing you with on screen dashboard alerts, Energy Sparks can send you email or text alerts to give you early warning of changes in your school’s energy use and highlight long term problems with your energy consumption with focused recommendations to save energy. We recommend that all Energy Sparks schools sign up to email or text alerts for at least one staff member at the school. If you haven’t already signed up you can do this  at ‘Manage alert contacts’ under the ‘Manage school’ tab.

Requests for photos and quotes
We are updating our Energy Sparks home page to hopefully draw more new schools into the programme. We’d like the home page and linked pages to include some photos of pupils in action using Energy Sparks, and engaging with its activities. Please send any photos you would like considered for the website to confirming you have the necessary parental permissions for the pupils featured to appear on our website.
We’re also looking for some user quotes to feature on the website. These can be quotes from school management, teachers, parents or pupils, summarising what you like about Energy Sparks. Please do send any feedback quotes you are happy to appear on the website to

Energy news

With the meteoric rise of youth climate activism over the past year, more and more schools are realising that they need to be taking decisive action on the climate emergency.  In this, Energy Sparks schools are one step ahead – energy use contributes a massive 37% to the greenhouse gases an average school produces (a total of 3,507,423 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent each year) so taking action on this is an effective way to reduce your carbon footprint.

In Bath & North East Somerset, the Council will be setting up a network to support schools.  BaNES schools will have been emailed an invitation to an introductory meeting in December and can find out more information from Cllr. Tom Davies at  For schools in other Local Authorities, contact your Sustainability Team to ask how they will be supporting you.

Activities and Resources

We have been updating our activities to make it easier to carry out these in class, with your whole school or as part of an Eco Team.

As well as a new look, in response to your feedback, these will feature:

  • More structured activities with clear steps enabling students to carry out activities independently
  • Clearly signposted resources, links and worksheets 
  • Cross curricular ideas to extend the activity through the rest of your curriculum 

In the coming term we will publishing guidance to conducting Energy Sparks activities as part of a whole school Energy Week and making suggestions to how you can use them as an Action Plan for your Eco Team.

News from our schools

After a lot of dedication and hard work by pupils, staff, families and the community, Freshford Church School have finally had their application for solar panels approved by Bath & North East Somerset Council!  Well done Freshford Solar Team!

We are so inspired when we see what you’ve been doing to reduce energy use at your schools.  We’d love to see more of the successful ways that your schools have been saving energy.   Email us at or tweet us with your pictures, videos and other children’s work – we will feature our favourites in future newsletters.  

School Support Visits during the 2019/2020 school year

We are continuing to offer free school support visits this school year. If you would like to arrange a visit to launch the Energy Sparks programme with a new Energy or Eco team or to learn more about the new functionality and what it can tell you about your school’s energy consumption, please contact us on






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