The Big Street Survey

Our Big Street Survey is an exciting free curriculum resource enabling pupils to investigate the area around their school and create a manifesto on how to make their streets safer and greener.

Exciting changes for 2018 

We are currently investigating how we can develop a new online tool for the Big Street Survey. Therefore, as of Friday 22 June the current Big Street Survey website will be closed. But don't worry - the fantastic suite of free downloadable curriculum resources are still available here on our website. Explore all the resources that enable pupils to investigate the area around their school and create a manifesto on how to make their streets safer and greener

How it works

Working both inside and outside the classroom, pupils explore what they like and dislike about their neighbourhood, before using their manifesto to lobby decision-makers and elected representatives at national and local level to make their changes happen.

Designed by a Sustrans schools officer and qualified Geography teacher, it meets numerous curriculum objectives, with various cross-curriculum opportunities - there are lesson plans for the devolved nations, both for older primary pupils and younger secondary students.

  1. Explore the school area with pupils
  2. Record ideas on making streets greener and safer in classroom manifesto
  3. Organise forums to discuss your ideas with local press, experts and decision-makers

It was a brilliant afternoon. The pupils enjoyed themselves and learnt so much. They are still talking about it today.

- Leader of School Learning, Sunnydale Community College

Be part of something big

Here are some examples of classroom manifestos submitted so far:

If you are receiving local media coverage, do let us know (in advance if possible) by contacting our Press team on [email protected] or 0207 7807 231.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected]

Big Street Survey resources

  • Quick-start guide (PDF) - the basics in bullet points. Just one page, a simple introduction (ideal to pass onto others)
  • Guidance notes (PDF) - a more in-depth overview. Includes useful tips on how to lobby decision-makers and elected representatives
  • Pupils' Handbook (PDF) - for pupils to fill in their ideas, survey their streets and create their manifesto. Print A4 size, fold to A5

Lesson plans (for each curriculum)

Primary

Secondary

All-years

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