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Where Will I Live? Ivy Bank Business and Enterprise College

Opinions about Urban Change

Name of Teachers

John Hargreaves and Rachel Leech

Key Stage

Key Stage 3, Year 8


Opinions about changes in the Padiham area of Burnley.


The students were engaged in considering the social, environmental, political and economic systems that underpin change in an area. The students participated in debates and discussions about places, focussing on the Neighbourhood Action Plan and the town of Paiham. They developed their capacity to justify their ideas. One visible outcome of this was the production of a poster or leaflet summarising their ideas. They had to explain their preferred option for the future of Padiham.

Concepts and Big Ideas

  • Place
  • Space
  • Scale
  • Interdependence
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Reasoning with Maps
  • Geographical Imaginations
  • Geographical Communication


East Lancashire
A focus on Padiham

Adapting this scheme for you own school

This scheme highlights a small scale local area and emphasises students’ current and potential role in the development of the community. There are some great ideas for using the OS Free Maps for Schools, these ideas could be adapted to your own place, or alternatively Padiham could used as a place study – here the powerpoint will be useful.

Files to download


At the end of the sequence of learning the pupils were asked to evaluate their project. Here are two examples:

Evaluation 1
Evaluation 2

Here is what the teachers thought about the project.

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