Reflections LSEF projects – experiences, findings and the characteristics that bind us all

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On the afternoon of the 18th March I had the pleasure of meeting several others who are involved in LSEF projects, from a parental engagement project at the London Early Years Foundation through to a subject-based curriculum design and training project at the Museum of London. Despite their differences, each of these projects has something in common: a lead who wishes to effectively impact upon the educational outcomes of young people and children here in London.

When I reflect upon my experience at the humanities-focused twilight session I am amazed by the diversity of the projects that other professionals have been working on. Nearly two years after the beginning of the University Learning in Schools (ULiS) project, we are now in a position to take the evaluations so far, as well as the findings to come, and begin to attempt to understand what impact our work, and the work of the impressive teachers and innovative researchers, has had on the young people who have been taught the units of work.

Although each of the projects I learned about at the session on 18th March has its own unique evaluation framework, I was struck by the rigour that each project lead demonstrated. This fills me with enthusiasm for our upcoming evaluation as the high standards that we must match will mean that we will hopefully be able to demonstrate a genuine impact on the learning of the young people we have worked with.

Rachael Curzons, Director of Teaching and Learning, The Brilliant Club


ULiS’s Year 1 modules are online and available for all teachers to use and adapt here.

This year the ULiS project is developing ten KS3 modules in English Literature, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, History, Computer Science, Psychology, Economics and RE:

  • English Literature – Stories of the Great North Road: Rogues, Riders and Runaways
  • Mathematics – 3D geometry: the shape of the everyday world
  • Chemistry – The Engineer’s Guide to Cleaning an Oil Company’s Mess
  • Biology – What happens in my brain during the day?
  • Physics – Exoplanets: Discovering and Characterising Planets Orbiting Other Stars
  • History – The First World War: Trauma and Memory
  • Computer science – How programming and the creation of algorithms can be used to solve problems
  • Psychology – Mythbusting – the brain
  • Economics – Do I Need an i-Phone???
  • RE – Are Buddhists lonely?

The Year 2 modules will be available in May 2015. For further information, please contact: lisa.knowles@afa3as.org.uk

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