How can schools be animal-friendly?
Animal-friendly schools do more than just teach about animals. They encourage both teachers and pupils to think about animals’ needs and to develop a sense of caring and responsibility for them.
An animal-friendly school:
- promotes a sense of responsibility and respect towards all living things
- teaches pupils about animals and their needs
- is aware of and abides by animal welfare legislation
- looks at important contemporary moral and ethical issues like animal experimentation and the effect of humans on the environment
- encourages empathy and understanding of animals
- is relevant to everyday life.
How the RSPCA can help
- The RSPCA’s free education service supports teachers to develop informed, responsible and active citizens, and helps schools to become more animal-friendly.
- Our education website has a variety of resources, linked to the English and Welsh curricula, which are free to download and include factsheets, activity sheets and photos.
- We have a team of education training and development advisers who can arrange ITT and INSET sessions to demonstrate how animal welfare can be used as a focus or context for the delivery of the National Curriculum. For contact details, visit education.rspca.org.uk/education/aboutus
Areas to think about
- Animal welfare can be a cross-curricular topic or integrated into a specific subject such as science, citizenship or PSHE and English.
- The current citizenship curriculum offers specific opportunities for teaching animal welfare topics at primary and secondary level.
- Visit education.rspca.org.uk/education for more information.
- Animal welfare could be a priority for after-school clubs – children and young people with a special interest in animals will be eager to learn how to look after them properly.
- Visit The Den pages on the RSPCA website.
See more ideas to make your school animal friendly or download the full version of our Animal-friendly schools guidance (PDF 369KB). A Welsh version (PDF 246KB) is also available.