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Building Sustainable Communities

These project pages were created circa 2003 so information out-of-date.

Project summary

Building Sustainable Communities arose from two linked ideas. First of all the idea of living geography – at home and outside the front door – one of the GA’s key concepts and one which we’ve developed over a number of years through our project work. The second was about participation now and for the future – how do students make a positive contribution to the community and how will they develop skills which will contribute to their future economic well-being?

The project also asked two questions: ‘What is meant by sustainable communities?’ and ‘How do geographical skills lead to engagement?’

The main ideas around this project can be downloaded in the document below:

Project overview

This key stage 4 project was run in partnership with the Academy for Sustainable Communities which has since become the Skills and Knowledge team at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

Project activities and achievements

Action Research

To support the project, groups of teachers were engaged in action research in four regions – Kent and Medway, Milton Keynes and South Midlands, Humberside and Plymouth and South Devon.

Further resources

Sustainable Communities: Places People Want?

Encouraging students to investigate their own communities is a key element of the geography curriculum. This DVD package was produced by Pumpkin TV in association with the GA and Academy for Sustainable Communities to serve an enquiry approach to ‘My community’ by showing everyday people in unexceptional circumstances.

The case studies featured are Hamstreet, Kent, Cornwall and the Dearne Valley, Yorkshire. The DVD comprises: and introductory video, three 15-minute programmes, Q&A cameos about careers, a PowerPoint presentation, teachers’ guidance and student worksheets.


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