Stefan Chilton, REAL Projects teacher at RSA Academy, Tipton.
The main aim of the project is to get students thinking about their own community and what exists around them. Most students don’t know much of the history behind their community, and even less about what goes on in other communities around the world.
Through this project, students will begin to understand the problems faced within their community and how they may impact upon them. Students will design an action plan to investigate how they can build their ideas to improve their community, based on the problem they choose. This will be done through website campaigns and newspaper flyers. It allows students to think critically about themselves and what they provide to the community; whether this being a good or bad issue.
During this process, students will develop their self-confidence about their own/group work and present their thoughts and ideas to a panel to be judged against other groups. The underlying message behind this project is how local communities are being affected by specific issues and how they are still an enduring problem.
What students will do
Students will research, evaluate and analyse causes of problems within their local community and design a campaign in order to help solve this underlying issue – students will need to showcase drafts of their work, as well as their campaign final outcome. They will create a series of campaign methods i.e. formal letter writing, flyers, posters and websites that will be developed and acquired over the term.
A proposed action plan will be produced to show how the students plan to minimise the problem they have found. These designs will contain business elements, Human Geography, and character building skills.
Students will have to work in groups to produce the action plan. They will have designated roles and will ensure the work content is completed to set deadlines. As well as this, students will keep a reflective self-documentary of how their potential business will make a difference in the community; this information can be gathered through their experiences and their website feedback.
For the final showcase, students will create a presentation to showcase to an authentic panel, campaigning their problem and how they wish to make an impact. It will consist of students demonstrating their research and actions to the proposed community issue. The research will be collected in a primary format then developed further as pupils analyse how that problem was caused and what could be done to overcome it. Pupils will need to demonstrate how they attempt to help resolve/minimise the issue – this will be judged via the authentic audience on a panel of judgement.