Dirt Is Good Schools Programme

Powering up young people to take positive action for a better world

Sign up your school to enable your students to take action on the environmental and social causes they care about.

Future Foundations has been selected to be the UK National Delivery Partner for the Persil Dirt Is Good Schools Programme, working in partnership with Global Action Plan.

This will be a new fully funded programme, which will support primary and secondary schools, to engage their students in taking action on social and environmental issues, read the announcement.

Through collaborative social action the Dirt Is Good Schools programme has been designed based on international research and aims to narrow the Values Perception Gap to bring about cohesive communities of change.

We ran a small Pilot Programme from April to July 2021. 10 schools from around the UK took part and 277 young changemakers ran their own Dirt Is Good Projects. Find out more and see some of the amazing projects here.

The main Dirt Is Good Schools Programme officially kicks off on the 21st October, with a live Launch Event on World Values Day.

We would like to invite schools from across the UK to register to take part! This opportunity, will be an excellent way to support your students wellbeing, and will help them to develop soft skills, work in teams with their peers and feel part of a community.

The programme is based on international research:

Read the full Research Whitepaper

Programme Design Principles

The Dirt Is Good schools programme enables young people to take action on the environmental and social causes they care about. Drawing on international research, our design principles are as follows:

  • We don’t tell young people what to take action on 
  • They are not picking an action from a list written for them by adults 
  • They choose what to focus on, based on what they feel is important 

Young people enjoy taking positive action: Getting stuck in feels fun and important. But helping them to learn new skills and develop kindness and empathy is just as important.

Dirt Is Good will help your young people feel that they have a role to play and that we are all united in compassion. They will go on a journey and become Changemakers for life.

Find out more about the programme's ethos & values

Changemaker Timeline

Why take part?

  • Collective action: bring together groups of young people to get stuck in on a project 
  • Quality resources: access to a range of quality resources for Key Stage 2 and 3
  • Improve wellbeing: 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 

We will provide support:

  • CPD for Teacher (s):  We will deliver ‘coach’ training to help supporting teachers develop the skills and understanding of the content to best support your students
  • Live events (3 hours): We will deliver two live training sessions for your students to help launch Dirt Is Good and celebrate collective action in the programme
  • Dirt Is Good Handbook & Curriculum content: You will have access to session content to help you support your students get stuck in (you choose when, where and how this is delivered)

We encourage schools to sign up that meet the following criteria:

  • Desire to engage pupils in improving the local environment
  • Capacity to commit to taking part in the programme journey
  • Equality and inclusion: We aim to have a mix of primary and secondary schools from across the country representing students from a wide range of backgrounds

Your next steps:

  • Appoint a teacher to be our main contact who will support the young people’s participation 
  • Apply: Applications close on 24th March.
  • We will be in touch! We are reviewing applications as they are submitted so we will be in touch very soon to talk through the pilot programme and next steps

If you have any questions  please contact our Dirt Is Good School’s Programme team at Future Foundations, at


Click here to register to be kept up to date on the launch of the full programme.

Help us shape the future of the Dirt Is Good Schools Programme

Taking part in this pilot will mean your school will have a pivotal role in how the future programme will look across the UK and world!

As part of the Persil Dirt Is Good Project, Ashley Banjo meets young people taking action on causes they care about, inspiring others to roll up their sleeves and take part too. Watch the full episode below!