The theory of change
Because REAL Projects have been shown to tackle endemic disengagement from learning in our schools.
Among the world’s developed countries, there is growing concern about levels of student engagement in learning at school. This manifests itself most obviously in dropout rates, in poor levels of achievement, and in disengagement with what many students perceive as a boring and irrelevant experience. Moreover, focusing on students who drop out from school masks a bigger issue, because it only takes account of the visibly disengaged.
Because of the benefits to student achievement and wider capabilities.
Today, teachers around the world are designing projects for their students because they ignite a shared passion for learning in both students and staff; they foster a wide range of skills (such as time management, collaboration, and problem solving) that students will need at college, university, and in the workplace; and they can be tailored to suit students with a wide range of abilities and learning needs.
How strong is the evidence that lack of engagement is a widespread problem?
In the UK, former chief Inspector of Schools, Mike Tomlinson, reported that ‘over 20,000 young people in Britain each year give up on going to school by the age of 14’. In research undertaken for the UK government 10 per cent of British students reported that they ‘hated’ school. This is found in disproportionate levels amongst students from poorer backgrounds. Evidence shows that, the poorer your family, the more likely you are to be disengaged in learning at school.