Practical Action

Our science, design and technology and geography resources focus on a whole range of global issues including energy, climate change and disaster risk reduction.

These popular free resources for teachers include lesson plans, PowerPoints, activities, posters, challenges, images, videos and games all set within a global context. Check out our popular STEM challenges if you haven't done so already.


Case studies on a range topics in the Geography curriculum, plus other useful teaching resources such as videos, classroom activities and posters.

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Engineering has an important role to play in the teaching of STEM. Discover how our resources can be used to help deliver vocational engineering qualifications.

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Technology Justice

Pupils consider their own needs and wants for technology then learn about Technology Justice - the global right to sustainable technologies

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Technical Briefs

Technical briefs are documents produced by Practical Action which are freely available to people in the developing world. Pupils can use technical briefs for research and to analyse and evaluate raw data.

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Image gallery

Images from Practical Action's projects around the world, helping poor people use technology to improve their lives.

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Videos gallery

Our video gallery contains a number of videos from Practical Action that teachers in both Primary and Secondary schools may find useful as support material or starting point for lessons.

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A range of colourful posters for schools, available from Practical Action.

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STEM careers

A colourful poster and four interesting case studies of people who work at Practical Action and have a STEM background.

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Our blogs

Pumpkins Against Poverty in Schools

As many schools in the UK celebrate Harvest and World Food Day on the 16th October, we're delight...
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Why is energy important for the Global Goals?

That’s one of the questions we want children in the UK to be thinking about and discussing in sch...
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Technology Justice reaches Poland

‘We invited experts on land fill into our school to talk to them about technology justice’ So ...
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If you'd like any further information about Practical Action or its Education work, please e-mail, telephone 01926 634400 or write to us at:

Education Unit
Practical Action
The Schumacher Centre
Bourton on Dunsmore
Rugby CV23 9QZ

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If as a result of using our resources if your students would like to raise money for Practical Action’s projects please look at our schools fundraising pages for inspiration.

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