Honoured for project-based learning work

A borough school has scooped a national award for its work around project based learning.

Seaton Burn College was one of just two overall winners to receive the award from The Innovation Unit, an independent social enterprise providing innovate solutions for public sector industries.

The school, which performed well in a month-long competition to recognise ‘extraordinary student work’, will now receive training and advice from staff at High Tech High, a school in San Diego, USA, renowned for its project-based learning approach.

The school ran 20 projects over four days involving all students in Years 7 to 10, culminating in Exhibition Saturday where more than 250 people visited to see what they had achieved.

Deputy principal David Cookson said: “Project-based learning refers to students designing, planning, and carrying out an extended project that produces a publicly-exhibited output.

“Where possible we worked with people from the local community to give each project a more authentic feel.We had, amongst others, glass artists, bakers, rugby players, builders, mechanics, illustrators and architects involved.”