Educational innovations

Challenge Based Learning

Excellent learning and teaching involves engagement, autonomy, challenge and feedback. At Bohunt School Worthing our pedagogy delivers these four key factors through Challenge based learning which builds the intrinsic motivation, creativity and independence of all students. As part of this approach inspirational learning environments incorporating the latest technologies (both digital and otherwise) are used as a stimulus for students to take responsibility for, and control of, their learning.

This approach is based soundly on educational research that originally came from the DfE’s Guided Learning Study. Qualitative data from the end of study tests showed that individuals who spent more time in the guided groups had made significantly more progress. Comments from students seemed to suggest that the improved attainment was due to the alleviation of barriers to learning:

“It helped us with learning skills such as teamwork as well as learning about energy“ [responsibility for each other’s learning].

“It was good to work with different people of different levels and get to know them better” (person in guided group) [learning from each other, motivation].

“It helped us all understand the topic and be more secure working with the class” (person in guided group) [responsibility for each other’s learning, higher order thinking skills, improved recall].

“It was great to be able to choose our own way of doing things” [motivation].

As a new school we are able to encourage and embed this pedagogy across the whole community and curriculum from the start by providing the learning environments, schemes of work and technology that support this style of learning and teaching. Once we are up and running in September we will be opening our doors to parents so that they can visit and see the challenge based approach in action as well as witnessing in their children the development of a love of learning.

In Key stage 3 we are looking to deliver the Technology subjects through challenge based STEM projects designed with industry partners. These projects will cover the disciplines of Resistant Materials, Systems and Food Tech with scope for expansion.

This is already a successful approach used at Bohunt Liphook that has received local and national coverage:

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