Barton Peveril has launched a brand new programme, ‘The Interdisciplinary Learning Project’, which is an eleven-week course challenging the students to research a topic and write a report before presenting their findings alongside their research methods and conclusions.
25 of our students are the first to have taken part in the new programme, which is run in partnership with Winchester University. The programme will test students’ analytical skills and their ability to work effectively within a team.
The course saw the sixth formers attend Winchester University for three advice sessions provided by Winchester University Pro Vice-Chancellor Sam Jones, Criminology Lecturer Brandon May and Screenwriter Lecturer Paul Kerensa.
In total there were seven groups, made up of three or four students, who presented their findings on the following topics:
- Cities of the Future.
- Is Social Media to blame for the fall of our grades?
- Should Britain raise children to be bilingual?
- How does someone’s socioeconomic background affect their perception and quality of their healthy lifestyle?
- How has the legalisation of cannabis affected crime rates in Canada and Uruguay?
- Financial Education – the importance of financial literacy
- How does AI-generated disinformation impact people’s perceptions of politicians?
It was a challenging yet beneficial experience which helped in developing my transferable skills, and introduced me to the processes of collaborating with unfamiliar people to create a successful and considered outcome”Bart Wnuk, previously from Upper Shirley High School
Anthony Pagett, Director of Curriculum – Psychology, Criminology, Geography & Interdisciplinary Learning, leads the course. He comments on the success of the programme so far.
The connect course focuses on interdisciplinary learning and purposefully puts students together from different disciplines to complete a collaborative group project. The eleven-week course is certified by Winchester University and students have benefitted from sessions at college as well as the University with some of their most engaging lecturers. Students opted to grapple with some complex topics, such as creating sustainable cities of the future, to mandatory financial education for all. The presentations of the final projects were completed at Winchester University to a panel that included Rob Temple (Principal of Barton Peveril), Nicola Carcone (Deputy Principal at Barton Peveril) and Sam Jones (Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winchester). It was a fantastic afternoon with some very engaging and inspiring talks delivered by students.
We have a strong and longstanding relationship with Barton Peveril, one of the colleges that sends the largest number of students to study on degrees at Winchester each year. The Connect Course is a new joint initiative which will be a feature of our partnership going forward.
The first cohort of students on the Connect Course have been a truly inspiring and highly motivated group to work with. They are a credit to the hard work of staff at Barton Peveril. As I said to them when presenting their certificates, they really are going to change the world for the better.”Sam Jones, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winchester
Rob Temple, Principal at Barton Peveril, has stated
The project enabled students to consider and collaborate on some of our most pressing societal issues, which required them to work beyond their comfort zone and develop transferable skills that will be essential as they move into careers in the future. I am delighted that we, alongside the University of Winchester, have been able to make this happen and look forward to developing the initiative further in the future.”