A new standard in education
Self-Directed Learning (also known as Personalised Learning or Blended Learning) is the educational model which underpins College life. The classroom is at the centre of the model, but it is simply one part of a student’s experience. A Self-Directed Learning approach immerses students in a rich and stimulating environment, harnessing new technologies and creative spaces, and connecting the school day to the challenges we meet in real life.
It draws on our growing understanding of the way that the brain develops, as well as global studies of best practice education. Finland, renowned for the consistently outstanding outcomes of its schools, has refined the approach over thirty years.
Traditional models of education are designed to provide a standard product to a large number of students. The ‘chalk and talk’ model can be very successful for some, but it lacks the flexibility to accommodate different learning styles and rates of progress. Students who excel can lack the challenges to reach their true potential. Students who struggle can fall further and further behind their peers, approaching each new topic without the assumed knowledge to grasp the next steps.
We also know that learning in a job or in life rarely follows the classroom model. We are called on to recognise problems, think about how to solve them, and seek out learning without the instructions of teachers and parents. For many students, the shift from passive reliance to active self-direction comes in the crucial transition from high school to further study or work. The challenge can prove overwhelming.
Self-Directed Learning encourages students to take on the challenges of study, life and work with confidence in their own abilities.