Project information

Population and sustainability for schools

We will develop educational materials for use in UK schools which explore issues around sustainability, including biodiversity, resources and climate change. These will be situated within the social context of development, equity and family formation.

October 2012 - September 2013

Charity information: Population Matters

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  • Need


    Children and school must address the major and difficult challenges facing society and humanity, challenges which will affect future generations, as much as our own. The problem is that these are complex problems with extensive linkages. Some questions do not form part of the political and public discourse, which can be short term and narrowly focused.


    We will develop educational resources which explore the fundamental drivers of environmental and sustainability issues, such as technological change, rising consumption, rising human numbers and developmental pressures. They will be holistic, integrating different elements and will look at both immediate and long term aspects of the subject.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Producing educational resources for UK secondary schools


    » Review and analyse existing similar materials and curricular requirements.
    » Develop a brief of the scope and objectives of the material.
    » Develop the material
    » Test and refine it with teachers and educational experts.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...positive reviews of the material; the number of downloads; positive feedback from users.

  • Impact


    The education of young people in sustainability and population issues. We will follow up pilot schools to assess whether use of the material resulted in greater understanding.


    There is a risk that teachers would not use the material. We shall test the material with teachers and seek to pilot it before finalizing it.


    We will produce a monthly email on progress.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500 Review Reviewing existing materials
      £3,500 Development Developing the material
      £1,500 Review Testing the material with teachers
      £1,500 Management Project management
  • Background


    The project is based in England and will develop materials relevant to the English national curriculum.


    School children will benefit from a greater understanding of sustainability issues. Teachers will benefit from having an additional teaching resource. Society should benefit in time from having more informed citizens.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the UK's leading charity concerned with population and sustainability issues. We have been in existence for more than twenty years, conducting research and education in this area, and can base our work on an deep understanding of the issues. We take a holistic approach, in that we consider all the drivers and potential solutions of sustainability issues and so are uniquely placed to provide a balanced view. We also take a long term view, as well as considering the current position.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Simon Ross

    Simon Ross, as chief executive will have overall responsibility for the project.

    Edmund Davey

    Edmund Davey, as an ex geography teacher, will advise on the educational requirements.