21st Century Learning

The challenge

High youth unemployment, large numbers of disengaged learners, and inequality in both access and learning outcomes are persistent challenges to education systems around the world. The traditional model of school has not cracked these problems, and improvement strategies show diminishing returns on investment. Tweaking the current school system is not the answer.

We know that all young people can be successful in the 21st century, but only if we radically change how children learn, how their learning is assessed and how schools are organised. Young people are capable of far more than our schools usually permit them to demonstrate. We know that it is possible to achieve astonishing success in the most unlikely of places.

School Design Lab

21st Century education can and must be different. That is why we have founded School Design Lab, which helps to design and redesign schools with extraordinary learning at their heart. The Lab is committed to delivering education that is learner centred, design led and future focused. 

School Design Lab designs in 6 stages:

  • Creating design teams - a core team with energy and power with a parallel student/learner design team made up of current and past students
  • Setting up a local lab - to get the work done e.g. 'School Design Lab York', made up of two local design teams, plus experts from the central School Design Lab
  • Entering 'Insight and Immersion' - where teams and key stakeholders learn. The focus on near; local need, capacity, impact and student needs, and far;  making sense of trends, practice from around the world, cutting edge research
  • Pinning down a vision - something the everyone can get behind, that will drive the design
  • Creating a blueprint - setting out the elements of the new design
  • Adding detail - bringing in experts to work on elements such as enabling technology, curriculum design, new forms of assessment and spaces for extraordinary learning

If you're interested in School Design Lab, visit the website here.