The Pod – EDF Energy’s award winning education programme – was launched in 2008 in a bid to meet our sustainability commitment of teaching 2.5 million children about the sustainable use of energy. We met our target two years ahead of schedule at the end of 2010, and as of March 2017 over 22,000 schools and 39,000 teachers are registered.The programme has three main aims:
- To inspire young people and their families to choose a more sustainable lifestyle
- To understand that a low carbon, secure and affordable energy supply is vital for the future
- To promote STEM in schools and encourage science and engineering as a career choice
As part of the programme, our interactive website for teachers, www.jointhepod.org provides free lesson plans, practical activities, assemblies, games and information, all with cross curricular links and covering the topics of energy, waste, water, transport, biodiversity and climate science.
The ethos of the Pod is 'Learn, Act, and Inspire others', which is why the site also encourages pupils and teachers to blog about their activities and to post photos and videos to showcase their projects.
Thousands of schools take part in our national campaigns like Switch Off Fortnight and Waste Week, which are designed to help the whole school, parents and the local community to engage with an environmental message. Find out more about Pod campaigns.
The Pod works with a number of key and influential partners to develop its resources and activities – partners like Eco-Schools, the Met Office, Wastebuster and the British Trust for Ornithology. All activities on the Pod have been endorsed by Eco-Schools England, the largest environmental schools programme in the world. Completing any Pod activity will help with a school’s application for a bronze, silver and green flag Eco-Schools award.