Islington Clean Air Toolkit
Created by Parents

to help reduce the effects of
air pollution on children’s health

Our aim is for all children at schools and nurseries across Islington to breathe clean air. So we have created the Islington Clean Air Toolkit to make it easier for parents and schools to work together to implement changes that will reduce air pollution in and around their school.

Our Clean Air Toolkit for Islington brings together everything you need to reduce air pollution. Written and designed in partnership with Islington air pollution officers, the Clean Air Toolkit for Islington outlines the different options to consider when looking at reducing air pollution, as recommended by Islington Council.

Use our Clean Air Toolkit to discover the options to take action and reduce air pollution. It is a helpful discussion tool to discuss and explore ways to improve air quality options with the leaders of your child’s school or nursery.

Find out how other parents have implemented changes, the problems they have faced and the outcomes they’ve achieved. Read our local case studies. Plus there is a useful list of contacts and a list of frequently answered questions that will help speed up your journey.

For more information see the video of the launch event with an overview of the toolkit, case studies and contributions from parents, schools and Islington Council.

We wish you every success, together we are making a big difference to air quality in Islington. If you’re not already a member please sign up. If you would like to get more involved or have a clean air issue you would like to campaign for please email

It’s really game changing what is happening in Islington. And wonderful to see the positive impact – as a lived experience and backed up by research

Helena McKeown, Islington Clean Air Parent

The Toolkit

Case Studies

A selection of case studies from the toolkit

School A
School A took part in the Mayor’s air quality audit scheme which recommended air quality engagement and greening. To enable this work the school, with the help of the Pollution Team, applied for several pots of funding over several months, including; the Mayor’s audit scheme, councils ward funding, the Greener Community Fund, Islington SustainableEnergy Partnership, City of London Low Emission Neighbourhood and the neighbouring Taylor Wimpey construction site.

School B
The Pollution Team worked with School B to run a range of workshops and events.
Before the event the school liaised with the council and an external organisation on times
for lessons and events, planned staffing and advertised the scheme. An application was also made for an event on the road outside the school (a six week minimum time period is required for these applications).

School C
The road outside School C– once blighted by traffic and high speeds – was rebalanced in favour of children and local people, with wider footways, traffic calming to cut vehicle speeds, brightly painted areas and new plants and seating.

School D
A consultation was conducted in June 2018 and final installation completed in June 2019. School D was located on a busy road that has now become part of a people friendly streets area, meaning it will benefit from the removal of through traffic through use of a traffic filter.