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Lesson materials

Planning can be used to teach many aspects of the curriculum in both primary and secondary schools.  For example the geography curriculum provides much scope to explore planning-related topics, but many other subjects, such as citizenship, history, design, law, politics, and science all relate to planning towns, cities or the countryside.


Primary (5 - 11 year olds)

Lesson activities that engage children in discovering and understanding their local place, linked to geography curriculums:

Materials to promote an awareness of planning to young people in English and Welsh:


Secondary (11-19 year olds)

In this section you can find a range of resources to help aid your lesson planning when teaching or for when you are presenting to a school as an ambassador.


For teaching of the topic 'Placemaking' for the post 2016 Geography A-level 

We have mapped out the Geography A-level Placemaking content to our RTPI resources for the following specifications :



Each of these mapping documents have been approved for use by each Examination Board.


YouTube videos

'How do we plan our world'?' (2min 26sec): Designed for use in schools and can be used as a good introduction into the world of planning.

The importance of community engagement in Warsaw (1min 31sec): A short community engagement film taking the views of people living in Warsaw.

The importance of planning to deliver health improvements in Britain:(1min 21sec): A short engaging film focussing on Britain.



The Importance of Planning in Rapid Urbanisation in Asia

This resource gives a good overview of urbanisation, analyses a case study on China and summarises lessons learnt from Japan and Korea.

Planning, Peace and Reconciliation and how planning has contributed to a stable society on the Isle of Ireland

The report looks into demonstrating the effect of collaboration in border towns with a case study on the island of Ireland.

The importance of planning in dealing with inclusive planning

This resource gives a helpful overview of how vital it is to place emphasis on focussing priorities at the community level.


Case Studies

Case studies in the Planner magazine: As a member of the RTPI, you can access these. If you are not a member, you can sign up for a free trial.

Topics Pages:  To learn more about areas including plan making, regeneration and economic growth.

Planning Horizons: Research which looks to the future in order to create economically successful places, promoting healthy cities and making better decisions for places.

Planning Aid England's resources: Provides more information on the planning system. If you would like to know more about activities to help communities to engage with planning system and influence decision-making, speak to Planning Aid England.



Why sustainable transport planning is the answer

A blog piece explaining why sustainable transport planning is the answer to many problems facing the country.


Resource Pack

The 'Planning the Future' lesson activities and resources are intended to be used by teachers to engage young people in the town planning process. The activities have been rigorously tested with young people between 11 – 18 years of age in youth group, school and engagement project settings.

The resource pack was developed by students at the Newcastle University as part of their final year project and was shortlisted for the North East Awards for Planning Excellence in 2015.

Download them here along with a guide to their use.


Useful links

My Green School is a collection of lesson materials developed by Open-City to give children aged 7 to 11 across the UK the opportunity to explore sustainability through the built environment.

A Manual for Schools, developed by the Education for Sustainable Development Panel, was designed to support the teaching of sustainable development, community planning and citizenship.

The Cardiff Case Studies initiative offers teachers and students case studies free of charge.

The Royal Geographical Society with IBG: 21st Century Challenges series has planning-related challenges on:

The London Curriculum offers exemplar Geography units and resources for Key Stage 3.

World's Largest Lesson (part of the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development targets) includes resources and lesson plans on Sustainable Cities and Communities.

The RTPI is a supporter of the Arts Humanities Research Council's Faith and Place Network that exists to address the issues at the interface of faith, place and planning.