Curious Minds have been working in partnership with Slow Education, the University of Leicester, and six primary schools in Blackburn and Darwen to develop creative project-based learning and teacher-led research practices within the network of schools.
Over the past 6 months teachers from each school have been working with a wide variety of creative practitioners from architects to digital artists, to design and deliver project-based learning opportunities for their pupils, and in doing so, creating learning experiences which place depth, understanding and purpose at the heart of education.
Alongside this, teachers have also been working with Dr Phil Wood, a lecturer in the Education Department at the University of Leicester, with a particular interest in learning innovation. Phil has supported the teachers in developing a range of research methods within the classroom to effectively enable them to assess the value and impact of their projects. Their research projects take into account a diverse range of issues and interests, reflecting the diverse needs of the school’s communities.
Over the next 4 months the teachers will be completing their projects, finishing gathering their data and writing up their results. Finally, in late June/early July they will present their findings at a Slow Education event being held at St Silas Primary School in Blackburn.