Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Children’s Minister to launch ‘Engaugeonline’ a fantastic new opportunity to help schools be more sustainable.

Children’s Minister to launch ‘Engaugeonline’ a fantastic new opportunity to help schools be more sustainable.

CHILDREN’S Minister, Tim Loughton, will officially launch “Engaugeonline” this week at Worthing High School as part of a drive to help improve the sustainability of schools in West Sussex.

Engaugeonline (www.engaugeonline.co.uk) is Engauge’s exciting new website which is brimming with new features. Schools will be able to carry out a self assessment of just how sustainable they are by using a “Susgauge”. This online tool can be used for presenting evidence for Ofsted and will provide schools with a pathway to improving their sustainability.

The help doesn’t stop there though, as the website has links to all the information and resources, specialists, practical advice, case studies and good practice which a school might need. So Engaugeonline will provide an invaluable self help facility for sustainability improvement.

More than 200 West Sussex and London schools have enthusiastically taken part in a successful pilot scheme to develop the “Susgauge”. This next phase launches the new self assessment online version to make it even easier to help schools examine and improve such well known areas as energy and  water whilst at the same time assessing more diverse areas such as ‘Procurement’, ‘Heritage’,’ Health and Wellbeing’.

Engauge was initially developed by West Sussex County Council and has been developed further by Better Tomorrows as a project to help schools with their environmental, social and economic commitments.

John de Mierre, Chairman of Better Tomorrows, said: “We are delighted that the initial pilot of Engauge enthused many of the West Sussex schools to sign up to be ‘Susgauged’ and to use our Engauge project team to find out how they could become more sustainable.

“The new Engauge website is there for all schools to continue and enhance their sustainability and is a natural development of the project. But Engauge is not just for schools, it’s now available for businesses and community organisations. This means that many more people will be able to use this invaluable service.”

Worthing High School is one of the first West Sussex Schools to sign up to Engaugeonline. Headteacher Alison Beer said: “We are delighted that Engauge chose us as the launch pad for their new website. Having never been ‘Susgauged’ before, we are keen to see how we measure up and who will be around to help us become more sustainable.”

To find out more, visit the website at www.engaugeonline.co.uk 

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Notes to editors:

The new Engaugeonline website will be launched at 4.00pm on Friday October 7th, at Worthing High School, South Farm Road, Worthing, BN14 7AR.

There will be photo opportunities from 4pm with the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families and MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, Tim Loughton, West Sussex County Council Deputy Leader with responsibility for the environment, Lionel Barnard; Better Tomorrows Chairman John de Mierre, and Headteacher Alison Beer.

Media are welcome to attend the launch. Following the photo opportunity there will be a demonstration of the new website, and a presentation on Worthing High School’s involvement with Engauge.

Better Tomorrows is a Community Interest Company managed by a board of community directors to identify, establish and manage initiatives for the community of West Sussex.

If you will be attending or require any further information  on Engauge, please contact John Hoyland on 01243 777605 or e-mail john.hoyland@westsussex.gov.uk 
or Lynnette Leeson on 01798 839277 email lynnette@hareslandscape.co.uk