Here is a report by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), commissioned by the Edge Foundation (published June 2019), which presents the findings of research into real-world learning (RWL) in School 21 in Stratford, East London and XP School, in Doncaster:
While the emphasis in each school was slightly different – School 21’s focus is on oracy and XP School is characterised by its learning ‘expeditions’ – both schools employ the principles of Expeditionary Learning and share many qualities.
The NFER researchers identified several common characteristics of the two schools:
In conclusion, the authors acknowledge that both School 21 and XP are new and small schools which lend themselves to the design principles of RWL, but make recommendations as to how some elements could be absorbed by other schools.
The report, School 21 and XP Real world learning, is part of Edge Future Learning, the Edge Foundation’s work with schools and colleges to spread innovation approaches, support schools and teachers to embed real-world learning into their curriculum and develop profound employer engagement and careers advice.