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Energy Sparks provides extensive support to teachers and eco-teams in learning about energy and climate change within the context of your own school.

  • Eco-team and curriculum linked energy saving activities.
  • Energy related lesson plans and downloadable resources.
  • Support for pupils in designing and carrying out experiments to monitor energy related data and behaviour patterns at school.

Built-in activities

Energy Sparks has an extensive list of built-in energy related activities and lesson plans from which you can choose. These are categorised by:

  • Education level (Key stages)
  • Subject English, Maths, Science, Design & Technology, etc.
  • Topic Climate change, Earth and atmosphere, Energy, etc.
  • Timescale

The majority of the activities and lesson plans are within the context of your school and make use of the extensive charting and analysis of your school’s smart meter data provided on the website.

Completed activities or lessons can be recorded on the website for which your school will gain points. These points contribute to a scoreboard where you can compare your progress against other schools locally and nationally.

Teacher’s dashboards

The starting point for teachers using Energy Sparks is your 'Teacher's Dashboard' which is specific to your school.

This provides a focal point for your energy related teaching, including:

  • Charts: showing your school’s recent gas and electricity use.
  • Alerts:highlighting recent significant changes in your energy use, and hints an tips on how to reduce your energy consumption.
  • Suggested lessons and activities: to make choosing a lesson plan or eco-team project easy the dashboard provides a list of suggested activities, these are contextual to the time of year or a recent change that Energy Sparks has noticed in your energy usage.
  • A timeline of completed activities and actions.

Pupil's dashboard

Energy Sparks has a separate dashboard designed for school pupils, which presents energy information in a more pupil friendly manner.

The content is focused on encouraging pupils to actively engage in promoting energy saving in the school and take part in energy saving activities. The dashboard aims to provide them with a greater understanding of energy and climate change.

Energy facts are introduced to help pupils understand the energy, monetary or climate impact of energy use within their school.

Support for pupils is provided in designing and carrying out experiments to monitor energy related data and behaviour patterns at school.

Enrol your school User guide videos
The Energy Sparks website is very easy to use, and the children have found it interesting to measure how energy is used differently in different parts of the school… The children are motivated by the competitive element as well as the desire to save money and energy…
Warrick Barton


Pensford Primary School, Bath

Case studies

Engaging KS1 pupils at Widcombe Infant School
How Energy Sparks helped staff at Widcombe Infant School in Bath engage their young pupils reducing their carbon footprints at school and at home, 
Energy Sparks Alerts
Automated alerts notified users of an unidentified heating problem, saving Freshford Church School £1000s in electricity costs.
Upgrading freezers and fridges
Pupils at Freshford Church School used Energy Sparks to identify energy wastage by an old inefficient freezer of £740 per year