Bringing planning into the classroom
The RTPI Future Planners initiative is an exciting programme that aims to raise awareness of and foster interest in planning with school students generally aged 11-18.
The project involves RTPI volunteer Ambassadors, carrying out school visits to deliver presentations and engage students in discussions about the importance of planning.
The RTPI Future Planners project offers an exciting and important opportunity to inspire a younger generation. This is a good opportunity to represent the profession, and engage with a young audience: Janet Askew 2015 RTPI President
Calling for volunteers!
If you are an RTPI member and feel you have what it takes to represent the profession and to engage with a young audience at your local school, college or academy then please apply to become an RTPI Ambassador by completing our RTPI Ambassador Application Form.
More information can be found online and read about one of our Ambassador's experiences on the RTPI Blog page.
Calling School Teachers and Careers Advisors
This project can help:
- Develop students' understanding of how the built environment affects them and how they can get involved in the planning process
- Help students to gain skills that can assist them in their studies
- Raise expectations for students for jobs in planning and the built environment
If your school is interested in Future Planners, or in any visit from a RTPI ambassador, then please get in contact at: firstname.lastname@example.org
So far the RTPI has recruited more than 100 Ambassadors to participate in the project. Ambassadors have been visiting schools throughout the UK and Ireland, with school visits having taken place as far afield as Orkney and also in the Welsh language.
The RTPI Future Planners film How Do We Plan Our World? is now on You Tube. This film is shown as part of the Ambassador visit to a school.
The RTPI is developing materials to support teachers in delivering relevant curriculums, helping them build a planning element into their teaching.