Richard Green, executive principal at Waingels College, explains why he wanted to get away from a "one-size fits all" curriculum and develop a fluid, open and personalised approach to learning fit for the 21st century.
Year 7 pupils at Waingels undertake the RSA's Opening Minds curriculum, staff use a skills-based approach in other years, and have vertical learning groups in some areas. The school ensures teachers are not isolated and brings them together regularly to reflect on the impact of their innovations.
In this programme, we follow a Year 7 lesson dedicated to listening skills and a Year 9 science lesson aiming to develop effective thinking skills. We also drop in on a pupil feedback session where teachers explore the impact of these new approaches to learning.