Planning lesson introduced to schools

New geography lesson plans that encourage high school students to become involved in urban and regional planning are being introduced to the NSW school curriculum.

The lesson plans have been designed through a partnership between the Department of Planning and Environment and the Geography Teachers Association of NSW.

Designed for students in years seven and eight, the lessons help students, teachers and parents better understand NSW's planning system, encouraging them to help shape the future of their communities.

Geography Teachers Association of NSW representative Susan Caldis said the lessons, which will be introduced next year, explore such issues as neighbourhood design, open space, healthy built environments, while balancing environmental, economic and social issues.

"The lessons take an inquiry-based learning approach, where students ask questions about real or hypothetical planning challenges, then investigate these questions through fieldwork," Ms Caldis said.

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