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Project Based Learning


Project Based Learning (PBL)

The school understand that a broad and balanced curriculum inspires learning. Opportunities to develop resilience, the capacity to learn from mistakes, and soft skills/competencies to become keen learners who want to find out more has a designated place on the timetable for Year 7.

The Trust’s introduction to Project Based Learning aims to develop an area of the curriculum that enables learners to become competent 21st century citizens, who are willing and are confident to find out new information to develop, consolidate and deepen their knowledge, understanding and skills, both in lessons and in extra-curricular/enrichment activities.

PBL will be delivered to our Year 7 learners over every fortnight at both Rayner Stephens High School and Longdendale High School for two hours in total. There is a core team of ‘enablers’, teachers and support staff who will facilitate PBL in each school and a designated lead in each.

We want our learners to really thrive in the 21st century, they need to develop key competencies which we have aligned to our Core Values, and aimed at helping our learners develop the skills necessary for life in the 21st century.

These are:

Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Character, Citizenship and Creativity.

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The PBL curriculum is designed to support our leaners by developing these globally important competencies and by providing them with rewarding experiences that they will enjoy. We believe that these opportunities are good for employability and for proactive citizenship. Good GCSE grades alone do not mean our learners are fully equipped for a good life. We are determined to do more in our schools to support our learners’ progression in education and beyond.

Many of the projects during the course of the year will have a community focus and are designed to help develop learners’ knowledge of both themselves and the wider world. The projects are process-led, facilitated by teachers and directed by the learners themselves helping them to develop their independent learning, confidence and teamwork skills.


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