GCSE Geography Pupils Participate in Planning Workshop with Keepmoat

On Thursday 13th October year 11 Quinton House geography pupils took part in a workshop with Keepmoat’s Dale Powell, Social Value Officer, and Charlene Withall, Community Engagement & Investment Manager, on a planning task which saw pupils working in groups taking on roles within a small construction company to design and plan a new housing development. Pupils competed against each other, taking into consideration different design requests, budgets and profit requirements.

Working in teams, pupils assumed the role of an architect, civil engineer, project manager, sustainability manager, quantity surveyor or bid manager. Their brief was to produce a tender document to build houses on newly-purchased land, proposing attractive and environmentally-friendly houses. The task required pupils to employ planning, problem-solving, team working, time planning, research, financial and presentation abilities, all critical skills for the world of work. The task also gave pupils an insight into specific job roles and the construction industry in general with many pupils asking some interesting questions about the environmental features of the neighbouring Keepmoat development, Upton Place.

Leona Marshall, Head of Geography at Quinton House School says, “the session was an exciting and unique opportunity for pupils to get a practical insight into the decision making processes involved in planning housing developments. Pupils worked fantastically together, embracing their designated business roles and creating impressive designs for their housing developments. The skills and knowledge gained from this experience will build on many of the elements of the urban environments topic they study for GCSE. The session provided an opportunity for pupils to understand more about the developments occurring outside the school grounds and see Geography in action.”

Charlene Withall of Keepmoat says, ”working with the students and getting them involved in this activity was great. The standard of work was extremely high and it was interesting to watch the dynamics of the group and also see how they managed to complete the task whilst gaining an insight into the industry and the diverse roles available.”

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