Report offers tips on making a success of project-based learning

Expert advice on making project-based learning (PBL) work is being offered to secondary schools in a new report.

Based on the work of three University Technical Colleges (UTC), the report looks in-depth at what they are doing to be successful and how best to engage and work with employers.

PBL requires students to work to briefs and deadlines and use skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. It is often carried out via projects relevant to industry and developed in collaboration with local employers and is linked strongly to employability skills.

The report has been produced by the National Foundation for Educational Research and published by education charity the Edge Foundation and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The report praises the impact of PBL on pupils in key stages 4 and 5. It states: “The evidence indicates that PBL and employer input, where delivered in a high-quality embedded way, deliver wide-ranging impacts for students, including work-readiness, enhanced emotional skills, high-level technical skills, and qualifications/awards.

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