A new approach to learning

The knowledge and skills required to succeed in the 21st century have changed. It is time for our schools to change with them. From 2018, Aspirations will be exploring a new approach to the curriculum.

Students will continue to learn discrete subjects, known as Core Learning. They will apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-world projects that cross subject disciplines, known as Applied Transdisciplinary Learning (ATL).

Decades of research show that the application of knowledge leads to its much greater retention. This will be evident through outstanding exam performance.

Read more in our Curriculum Statement.

The curriculum in operation

Core Learning and ATL will be seamlessly integrated within the school day. Students will spend between two to three hours per day working on ATL projects. The rest of the day will be dedicated to subject-specific learning. Students will develop the 10 21st Century Skills in this context.

Even our youngest learners will participate in ATL projects. Project length, complexity and involvement from employers will increase as students get older.

Students will show what they have learned in Assessment, Presentation and Performance Weeks and through a digital skills app.

‘Deloitte recently analysed 350 careers and found that the numbers of jobs available in 160 of them is declining. A PWC report has suggested that more than a third of jobs in the UK are at high risk of automation by the early 2030’s. The computer giant Dell survey saw business leaders predicting that 85% of the jobs students today will be doing in the 2030’s do not yet exist. So what subjects should our children be learning at primary school, GCSE and university, if they go to university at all? To face up to the wildly uncertain future our children will need not just academic qualifications but above all emotional and mental flexibility and resilience.’

The Telegraph 28-07-18

Six Drivers of Change are influencing the way we work and learn. The Future Skills are what young people need to be successful in this time of rapid technological change.


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