Dirt Is Good Schools Pilot Programme

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

We are inviting parents of young people taking part in the Dirt Is Good Schools Programme to register with us, to find out how you can support your child 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. Read the announcement here!

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. 

The Dirt Is Good School’s programme aims to narrow the values perception gap to bring about cohesive communities of change.  The programme has been designed based on international research by Global Action Plan. 

We are running a Pilot Programme from April to July that is designed to be delivered within COVID-19 restrictions. As part of the pilot, we are running a series of Focus Groups for us to gather feedback in order to develop the programme for the main launch in the Autumn.

We invite parents of students at participating schools, to attend the following online Focus Groups:

26th April (4 to 4.45) – to introduce the programme to Parents/Guardians

12th July (4 to 4.45) – to gather any final feedback on the programme.

Register now to find out more and be kept up to date on the programme!

Register to attend events and find out more

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

The Dirt Is Good schools pilot programme will include the following elements:

  • Launch event (22nd April): We will deliver a live event and provide resources to support the launch of the programme in your school  
  • Dirt Is Good Groups Form (April to May): Using the Dirt Is Good handbook and resources your students will form Dirt Is Good project groups and plan a project  
  • Reflection (27th May): We will invite your students to take part in a a live facilitated focus group  
  • Dirt Is Good Group Action: Your students will put their project into action 
  • Submission deadline (30th June): We ask all groups to share with us evidence of the activities they have completed 
  • Celebration (7th July): We will deliver a live celebration event bringing together all participating schools 

We will also invite teachers and parents to attend focus groups.

Please note: If a date or time does not work let us know, we have flexibility to adapt the elements to your school’s timetable.

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

dirtisgood@future-foundations.co.uk