Our ocean needs a new generation of sea champions.

We believe children and young people should be equipped with the skills, knowledge and experience that allow them to thrive in a world affected by climate change, while helping to create a greener, fairer and more sustainable future.

Explore our fully resourced Lesson Packages and join a growing community of schools taking action to become Plastic Clever here:

Common Seas Education Plastic Clever Schools

Common Seas Education

Empowering teachers and students for a future without plastic waste

Common Seas Education provides fully resourced lesson plans and activities that enable you to teach sustainability, within the curriculum and through project-based learning.

Developed in collaboration with a broad coalition of educators, scientists, and industry experts, we provide off-the-shelf packages for geography, science, design & technology, citizenship, and enrichment in primary and secondary schools.

The resources are aligned with the national curriculum and the DfE Strategy on Sustainability and Climate Change.




Verified Climate Education Resource

Plastic Clever Schools Awards

In partnership with Kids Against Plastic, Common Seas runs the Plastic Clever Schools award, helping young people radically reduce plastic waste in their schools, communities, and future. We provide teachers and young people with everything they need to take part via our toolkits and online platform.

There are three steps to becoming a Plastic Clever School:

  1. Inspire - Learn all about plastic and engage the whole school community.
  2. Investigate – Complete a plastic audit and plan how to reduce it.
  3. Act - Create exciting campaigns to reduce plastic waste for good.

To achieve the Plastic Clever Award, schools share their achievements from each stage of their journey and join a nationwide community of teachers and young people tackling plastic waste, while reducing the nation’s carbon budget.


  • Over 700 schools are currently registered to become Plastic Clever Schools
  • 85,000 downloads of Common Seas education resources
  • 85% of teachers surveyed reported that Common Seas Education significantly improved their pupils’ understanding of the issue of marine plastic pollution.

Get in touch if you would like to support our work with schools and young people. Email [email protected]

“The great thing about Common Seas Education is it’s a solution to engage everybody, from the students through to the governors and trustees. This is why everyone needs to get behind it.

Lee Jowett
Sustainable Schools Manager, Leicester City Council

Ocean Plastics Education was developed using UNESCO’s education framework and in close partnership with award-winning education specialists, subject associations, exam boards, universities, educators, students, and industry experts.

Developed to align with the UK National Curriculum and can be adapted and replicated in other countries around the world – particularly those working to achieve the UN’s SDGs.

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