We are on a mission to power up the world’s Changemakers.

Our Dirt Is Good Project will help 10 million young people take positive action for a better world.

Join us in unleashing the potential of children to do good!


The Dirt Is Good Schools Programme enables young people to take action on the environmental and social causes they care about. It is built upon four key principles and a handbook has been designed using insights from the latest research into what motivates young people to take action.


There are two versions of the handbook available, one for 7-11 year olds and one for 11-14 year olds. The handbook provides step by step guidance on how to run the programme with supporting activities that you can do with your students. Sign up to access the handbook. 



Once you’ve signed up, you can also access online versions of the handbook activities via Team Home. To gain access you will need to set up your first group (you will be able to update this and create more groups later). Watch this video to find out how to create a group. Through the Team Home, you can also assign Changemaker roles and share updates of your Dirt Is Good projects.

Why be involved

Collective action: bring together groups of young people to get stuck in on a project

  • Student led: stimulate real, tangible action by young people on the issues they care about
  • Quality resources: access to a range of quality resources for Key Stage 2 and 3, plus an online portal
  • Improve well-being: support development and improve well-being in young people
  • Make compassion the norm: help embed a culture of compassion, care and cooperation at your school
  • Join a global movement: be part of a global movement reaching 10 million young people

the dirt is good schools programme pilot

From April to July 2021, 10 schools from England and Wales took part in the Dirt Is Good Schools Programme Pilot! 

The Pilot was kicked off with a Launch Event on Earth Day, where we welcomed the students to the programme and introduced them to the Dirt Is Good Way and the 4 Principles. The students then began their Changemaker Journey, by working through the sessions in the Dirt Is Good Handbook; forming their groups, brainstorming ideas and then planning and running their own projects.


All of our Pilot Schools then came together for our Celebration Event in July, where we showcased all of the projects and celebrated the amazing work and the journeys of our young changemakers! Through seeing all the projects from the other schools, these young people discovered that other young people care about the same issues as they do and that we are all united in compassion!

The Projects

Our young changemakers planned and carried out their own projects based on the issues or causes that they feel are important. Each Project Group was asked to tell us what they did and learnt, what their impact was and to submit any photos or work from their projects. We also wanted to find out which of the UN Sustainable Development Goals they focused on and that they aimed to help support through their project. The top 3 Goals chosen by the changemakers were Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing, Goal 13: Climate Action and Goal 15: Life on Land


The projects varied from tackling gender equality, setting up recycling schemes, raising money for Dementia Charities and creating beautiful garden spaces! We wanted to share some of these Projects to provide inspiration for all those young people taking part in the Dirt Is Good Schools Programme.

34 Project Groups

277 young people took action!

Eco-Council, Crown Wood Primary School

To begin their Dirt Is Good Journey, this group of young people discussed the values that are important to them and individually researched the different issues that they feel are important. Each member then presented their project plan 'Dragons Den' style to the rest of the group and from this they came up with their 3 part project!

1. Research into Eco-friendly Sanitary Products

One Changemaker contacted several companies to find out more about their products and received free samples in return! The group then held an assembly for Year 6 students to educate them about the Red Box in their school and sustainable period products.


2. Plan a Litter Pick at a Local Lake

After doing research into the effect of plastic pollution on wildlife, the group made plans for a lake clean up day in September and contacted their Local MP for support! 


3. Research into the Global Issue of Lack of Clean Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries

After finding out more about the issues in developing countries, the group decided to include this in their Year 6 Assembly and hope to twin one of their toilets with one in a developing country.

Eco-Council, Crown Wood Primary, Image

“…we have the power to make big changes by taking small steps. Before we started the project, I felt overwhelmed and wasn’t sure where to start. But now, I know to take small steps.” 

Breathe, Archbishop Blanch School

This group set out to create a mini forest at their school and in their local community! The overall aim was to change the environment around the school and to make something that will go beyond this academic year and can be carried on by other year groups in the future. 

Breath, Archbishop Blanch

The group worked with Mersey Forest and the Earth Restoration Service to plan the forest and to determine which tree species are best to be grown in the area. Once grown, they can be transferred to other areas around the school and within the community!


They built the wooden boxes for their tree nurseries in Design & Technology and learnt to use a number of different tools in the process. They also designed their own art work to go on the side of the boxes!

We have planned the space with RE and the Mersey Forest to make areas for reflection and for the school community to enjoy the outdoors. 

Get inspired! Click here to read about 5 Dirt Is Good Groups
across the UK, and what they did for their projects
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