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Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Awards recognise achievements in helping people, animals and the environment.

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots has three overall awards categories. The first, general, category gives bronze, silver and gold awards to the best school projects to commend your hard work. The second category is the prestigious The Jane Goodall Award for Individual Endeavour, and our third category is for Best Photographic Entry.

This year each of the winning schools at the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Annual Awards will receive a free 12 month subscription to National Geographic Kids magazine.

National Geographic Kids continue to inspire children of all ages to explore the world around them by equipping them with the power of science, art, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. From the mountain tops to the moon in the sky, scientific wonders, to feats of human exploring, National Geographic Kids books have a vast array of books to amaze fact-hounds, captivate reluctant readers and entertain curious kids alike.

The Roots & Shoots finalist schools will each win a National Geographic Kids book bundle with amazing science and technology books to get children thinking about the world around them and how things work. Plus, some National Geographic Kids Primary Readers to help beginner readers enrich vocabulary and support reading practice.

What are the Prizes for the General Awards Category?

Bronze Award

All schools that submit a project post will automatically be eligible for a Bronze Award certificate personalised with the details of your school.

Silver Award

Projects that show special merit and initiative will be awarded a personalised Silver Award certificate. Both Bronze and Silver award winners will be considered for Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Annual Award and you may be invited to attend the prestigious Awards Ceremony in March.

Gold Award

Projects that incorporate work on all three aspects of Roots & Shoots will be awarded a personalised Gold Award certificate. The schools who have submitted these projects will be automatically invited to the Roots & Shoots Annual Award Ceremony in March where students will have the opportunity to present their projects and meet Dr. Jane Goodall in person before an overall winner is announced.

How do I submit a project entry?

To submit a project for consideration, simply register and log-in to the Roots & Shoots website and post a story for your school. You can post as many project updates as you wish! You can see examples of previous posts in our Mission Updates section. If you are having trouble posting your story then drop us a line at or ring us on 020 7078 4064 and we will help you through the process of making your first post.

Remember, your projects need to demonstrate how you have made a practical, positive difference to either people, or animals, or the environment. If you can show how you have helped to make the world a better place for one or even two of the above, then you will be eligible for a bronze or silver award. If however, you wish to be considered for a Gold Award you must demonstrate that you have made a positive difference to all three aspects – for people, animals and the environment.

How do I Enter the Photographic Competition

Schools are invited to submit photographs on the theme of “Making a Difference”. Each pupil can submit only one photograph and these should be emailed to

By submitting a photograph to the competition you are granting The Jane Goodall Institute the right to display that photograph on our websites, in written material (including, but not exclusive to, the Roots & Shoots newsletter) and on the The Jane Goodall Institute’s social media accounts.

The Jane Goodall Award for Individual Endeavour

Nominees to have shown exceptional personal endeavour and contribution throughout a class project. The nominating teacher must be willing to submit a testimonial concerning the nominee and be willing to provide evidence, if necessary, to support this. The nominated individual will by their own efforts, have made a difference to the lives of their fellow humans, animals, and to the environment. Pupils must be nominated by the link teacher. If you would like to nominate one of your pupils for this award, please email Jasmina Georgovska at with full details. Nominees must be 15 years old or over.

This year the Jane Goodall Award for Individual Endeavour will be a surprise, that we will announce on the day of the Awards, Thursday 14th March.

National Geographic Kids Magazine Sponsors Most Outstanding Photograph Award at the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Annual Awards


National Geographic Kids is an exciting monthly magazine, which gives boys and girls a whole new way to learn about and explore their world. Packed with features, posters, puzzles, quizzes and exciting things to make and do, NG KIDS is a great resource for children, parents and teachers.

The Roots & Shoots finalists will each win a one-year magazine subscription for their school to enjoy.

Plus, the lucky Winner of the Most Outstanding Photograph will also get the chance to become an NG KIDS’ reporter for a day!  They will spend the morning at NG KIDS’ HQ, meet the team and find out how the magazine is created, before heading off on a special assignment as their guest reporter. The Winner will then be asked to submit a short report on the experience, which will be published on the NG KIDS website!

Please send your photos to

Jasmina Georgovska


Good Luck!

RSPCA Sponsors Most Outstanding Group Award at the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Annual Awards

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has been looking out for animals, since 1824.

Their vision is to work for a world in which all humans respect and live in harmony with all other members of the animal kingdom.

Every day, with the help of their members and generous supporters, they take steps to achieve their mission. From rescuing a stranded deer to changing the law.

The Most Outstanding Group Winner will have the opportunity to visit an RSPCA Wild Things project at their nearest centre and learn about the fantastic work of the Society. Winners will spend the day finding out how to care for animals and how the RSPCA make a difference to animals’ lives throughout England and Wales.

After a short briefing and introduction to the site, the winners will explore the centre and take part in games and trails all about wildlife and companion animals. They will try their hand at an animal health check and take part in a Great Animal Debate about the issues they think are most important in animal welfare today.

It is a fantastic opportunity for young people to experience and get an insight into what action they can take to help animals throughout their lives!!


Good Luck!

The Roots & Shoots Team

Kew Gardens’ Grow Wild programme Sponsors Most Outstanding Group in touch with nature Award at the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Annual Awards

Tour the world largest ‘fungarium’
This prize offers unique access to over 1.2m fungal specimens from around the world at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in West London.

Two teachers and four students will join a fungi curator and enthusiast to discover how fungus continues to change our lives – ever more so as new species and properties are discovered. Read more about Kew’s fungarium here:

This prize also offer free access to RBG Kew, a world famous centre for botanical and mycological knowledge and London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage site.

Garden access and the tour will be available on one date during spring or summer 2019 by arrangement with the winning school.

The school will be greeted by the Grow Wild team, RBG Kew’s award-winning national learning initiative (

Good luck!

the Roots & Shoots team

Compassion in World Farming Sponsors a Most Outstanding Project Award

Compassion in World Farming will fund annual awards for the best Roots & Shoots student project (senior and junior categories) which increases understanding of farm animals and their needs or on the impact of different animal farming systems on the environment. The project could also be a record of a relevant activity undertaken, such as lobbying a school or college to use only free range or organic animal products, or to have meat-free days in their canteens. The awards will be presented at the annual Roots & Shoots awards ceremony.

People Tree Sponsors Roots & Shoots Ethical Fashion Show

People Tree is a Pioneer in Ethical and Sustainable fashion respecting both people and the planet. Design and craftsmanship remains at the core of the brand whilst People Tree actively supports approximately 4,500 farmers, producers and artisans through 34 Fair Trade producer groups, in 13 countries. https://

Thank you People Tree!!

the Roots & Shoots Team

Who is eligible for an award?

Any member school submitting a project for consideration is eligible. If you are not a member then you can sign up today – a relevant project your school may already be doing can then be considered for an award.

We have already received an award for a previous entry. Can we enter again?

Yes! Please continue to enter. You can tell us more about your original project – perhaps how it has evolved over the course of a year or term, or tell us about a completely different initiative.

Award Top Tips

To be eligible for a Silver or Gold Award Certificate, you will want to include the following in your activity description:

  • A description of the project, why did you choose it and what success have you had?
  • How does it benefit people, animals and/or the environment?
  • Don’t forget to include relevant data such as visits made, items recycled, etc… so that we have some indication of the scope and scale of your project.
  • Illustrate your report with photos, drawings or collages. Take a photo of your best work and upload it onto the Roots & Shoots website!

Good luck!

How are the Roots & Shoots awards funded?

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