What is the trial?
Innovation Unit are recruiting twenty-four schools to participate in the ‘Learning Through Real Projects’ programme, which will be implemented from September 2014. The trial aims to demonstrate that ‘Learning Through REAL Projects’:
Significantly reduces the progression gap between FSM and non-FSM students, and raises target group attainment at ages 12-14 compared to the control group.
Significantly increases target group engagement, including reducing absenteeism, reducing exclusions and reducing internal behaviour referral compared to the control group.
Why ‘REAL projects’?
‘Learning Through REAL Projects’ enables students of all abilities to achieve academically. The model radically reimagines how students learn, where they learn and who they learn from. Alongside traditional lessons, students learn through rigorous, inter-disciplinary projects, peer assessment and internships to create high quality outputs that are meaningful beyond school, with their products being sold successfully on Amazon or exhibited in public buildings. Teachers design rich and stimulating projects alongside local businesses and cultural organisations, which support students to become independent, confident learners with the skills needed to succeed in life and work.
Schools in the UK are already working with Innovation Unit and High Tech High teachers to implement these new models in their schools, with early successes already being seen. Pilot schools have included School 21, run by Peter Hyman in Stratford, East London and Goole High School in Yorkshire.
The deadline for applications is Friday 6 December, 2013.