News MBC asking schools to sign up to Pollution Patrol resource

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Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) is asking parents, children and teachers of primary school age to get involved and join the Pollution Patrol to help improve air quality in Maidstone as part of World Car Free Day on 22 September.

The Pollution Patrol project is a fun new interactive digital learning resource developed to educate and inform primary school children about air pollution.

Cllr Simon Webb, MBC Lead Member for Housing and Health said:

“This fun and colourful Pollution Patrol resource will help get children involved in improving their environment, we are encouraging all primary schools across the borough to get involved in the project.”

The ready-made learning tool will provide teachers with animated stories where children are invited to explore Sooting Town and learn where air pollution comes from, what it is made up of, how it can affect our health and ways to reduce it in and around school and home.

It also includes an assembly plan and script to help schools introduce the theme of air pollution and air quality across the whole school and to parents, lesson plans and teachers’ guide for KS1 and KS2. As well as games, quizzes, and badges to collect and a chance to Pledge to reduce pollution.

Simon continues:

“The impressive digital resource is for teachers, children and parents, educating them about the issues associated with air pollution and how it damages our environment. It encourages children and the wider community to take steps to improve air quality. Many schools are already using the resource, which includes lesson plans for teachers to save them time. Why not sign up for it now at

The project has been supported by a DEFRA Air Quality Grant and has been developed by the MBC Mid Kent Environmental Health Service Team, in partnership with Canterbury City Council.

A group of children already taking part in the project have recorded a video called the Pollution Patrol song. To see the video and find out more about Pollution Patrol, register your school or to take part in the project go to the website:

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