Creative Teaching & Learning

PBL for beginners

Setting up your first project-based learning unit can be an intimidating task – but for Alyson Boustead, all that preparation and planning paid off. Here, she details her school’s ambitious venture into PBL, and the astounding impact it had on her learners’ creativity, resourcefulness and resilience.

Despite being called William Hulme’s Grammar School, our school is in fact a non-selective inner city academy in Manchester for three to 18-year-olds. A third of the students are eligible for free school meals and many students belong to families which can be classed as the ‘working poor’, often meaning that parents have limited time and money to spend on their children. As a consequence, opportunities to become involved in learning outside of the classroom can be limited for many.

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