The project worked with 19 schools in some of the most polluted areas in Greater Manchester, reaching approximately 6,000 schoolchildren. Participating schools received Philips air purifiers – used for filtering out pollutants from classrooms – and researchers from UoM monitored the impact this had both on lung health and ability to learn.
Following the research and analysis phase, Philips Foundation, with support from Global Action Plan, raised awareness of the findings and developed a Clean Air for Schools Framework. The framework was developed in consultation with a range of organizations. It serves as a free, online tool to help every school across the UK and Ireland to create personalized clean air action plans to reduce air pollution around their premises.
Following the roll out of the Clean Air for Schools Framework, Philips Foundation and Global Action Plan monitored its engagement and uptake across the UK and Ireland, and has continuously promoted its widescale adoption. Presentations were made to the UK Parliament, HM Government, devolved administrations, local authorities and directly to schools.