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About Engauge

A brief introduction to Engauge

Engauge is a unique concept created to support schools, local communities and businesses, who wish to develop and maintain environmental, social and economic stability.

Engauge is part of the 'Better Tomorrows' community interest company that provides:

  • Specifically designed sustainability self-assessment tools for schools, businesses and communities
  • Unique assessments produced with advice from specialists
  • A self-help improvement support service
  • Links to a range of sustainability specialists
  • Practical guidance and case studies to demonstrate good practice
  • A direct contact point for making sustainability links through this new website

For a better idea of how Engauge could help you
watch the Introductory Video below:

How it works

A school or business is helped by using a quick and easy assessment tool called a Susgauge to monitor its performance on sustainability in the following categories

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Energy – Energy Management
  • Water – Water Management
  • Travel and Traffic
  • Procurement and Waste Management
  • Buildings and Grounds
  • Inclusion and Participation
  • Heritage
  • Business Management

The assessment produces a unique Susgauge flower for each organisation showing at a glance how sustainable they are in different areas. The school, company or community then decide their priority areas for action, and work with the help of Engauge specialists to become more sustainable.

Sign up on this site with your name, organisation and email address to be notified on updates to Engauge and sustainability issues.

The Susgauge will significantly aid and support your School Development Planning. It is a broad Self Evaluation Tool that will provide evidence for OFSTED

One school wanted to tackle their water consumption and reduce their water bill. An Engauge water specialist took detailed meter readings, looked at where usage could be reduced and efficiency improved, and gave a classroom session that included a demonstration of how toilets work.

Another school wanted to know if their school uniforms were ethically produced. An Engauge purchasing specialist helped them ask the right questions and understand the information given by the different suppliers.

The Susgauge

The Susgauge is a self-measurement tool. It provides schools, businesses and communities with a simple overview of their current social, environmental and economic performance in nine areas of sustainability and enables improvement and achievement to be clearly demonstrated.

The Susgauge is represented by the diagram of the Susgauge flower with the nine areas measured – the Susgauge 'petals' and the stem.

The subjects making up the Susgauge are derived from those subject areas considered good practice for schools, businesses and communities to constantly review and improve upon. Thus creating a 'future in balance'

These are:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Energy – Energy Management
  • Water – Water management
  • Travel and Traffic
  • Procurement and Waste management
  • Buildings and Grounds
  • Inclusion and Participation
  • Heritage
  • Business Management

The Susgauge measures your achievements in all these areas, by answering questions about each of the subjects you score points. Each petal can score up to 40 points and with the inclusion of the stem (also 40 points), the Susgauge assessment provides a maximum of 360 points.

You can obtain your unique Susgauge score by satisfying the criteria in each of the petals displayed. This will show you where you are strongest and where you need to make improvements.

Of course you are aiming for 360 points but none of us are perfect and the Susgauge helps you identify where you need to prioritise


Specialists and Volunteers

Schools in West Sussex, London and across the south east have signed up to ‘Engauge’ — an initiative which helps schools improve their sustainability across a whole range of environmental, health, social and financial issues.

Could YOU work in and with schools to provide just that little bit of extra help they need?

If you are a local business specialising in any of the following, we may have an opportunity for you:

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Procurement
  • Sustainable Buildings
  • Grounds Development
  • Waste and recycling
  • Travel and transport
  • Inclusion and participation
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Heritage and citizenship

Who's Involved

The Engauge team, set up to offer support for schools, includes: -

  • Local authority officers from various departments, (not just the ones schools usually talk to).
  • Petal Specialists  who are local, with the appropriate insurance and CRB cover. and who have demonstrated a commitment to balanced development in their own fields of work.
  • Educators, such as former headteachers, governors, and bursars, university lecturers and schools liaison specialists.


Seedpacks are information packs, designed to help you to manage improvements and 'grow' your Susgauge score. Linking directly to the respective Susgauge questions, they provide simple definitions with suggested practical actions, links to supporting agencies and possible sources of funding.

These have been written and developed by our team of specialists who are also available to help you.

Engauge News

New Era for Engauge

The Engauge journey is set to continue, with the existing supporters and Jeremy Malet from Hassocks whom help pioneer the susgauge assessments from the early days of spreadsheet assessments to an online platform. Over the coming months, you will see new c

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Visiting Kenya

So, having got back from the other side of the world. We spent two weeks in Nabunga Secondar School on an exchange project with students, learning with them in classrooms and experiencing what schol life is like. While there we came to understand their wa

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