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Building Sustainable Communities Action Research Yorkshire Humber

Yorkshire & Humber – Hull

Action-research group:

Elizabeth Butler, Hull Collegiate School
Heather Linnell, Cottingham High School,
Carolyn Lamping, Withernsea High School
Gillian Dyson, ARC

Initial ideas

Elizabeth – Y10: Location of industry. How has the changing basis of manufacturing affected different communities? What new uses for old industrial sites would help make better communities?

Heather – KS3: How does a comparison of Hull and Cottingham conform to pupils’ perceptions of their own settlement hierarchy? In what sense does an iconic feature, such as the Deep, contribute to a sustainable community?

Carolyn – Y10: How and why a major development proposal, such as St Stephens, supports the idea of a sustainable community.


‘Re-imagining Settlement’

‘… At times I felt the issues developing in class discussions were too complicated to contain within the confines of the space and time of the classroom …’

Heather reflects upon the changes made to a Key Stage 3 scheme of work and how she will develop it further.

Article: Reimagining Settlement

‘Here and there’

Liz reports on involving Year 10 in two interventions: a pupil research project about their local community and using photographic evidence for studying industrial location.


Task Sheet

Card Sort

Regional context: Yorkshire and Humber

Local Context: Hull

  • ‘St Stephen’s brings out of town space to a city centre environment in one of the UK’s most innovative regeneration projects. Scheduled to open in 2007.’ – See St Stephen’s Hull and Hull City Council.


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This 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) and in association with the local architecture centres which are members of the Architecture Centre Network.

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