Challenge in Learning

“At all stages, learners of all aptitudes and abilities should experience an appropriate level of challenge, to enable each individual to achieve his or her potential”.

From Challenge and Enjoyment: the first principle of curriculum design (CfE)

‘Challenge in Learning’ is an educational methodology developed by Christine Percival and her team at Innovative Routes to Learning and lies at the centre of the national curriculum.

The practical nature of the challenges motivates all young people, including those who may not be as academically strong to show their abilities and to learn by offering new, interactive routes into familiar subject areas.

The starting point for a challenge can be either a global issue (renewable energy, social enterprise) or a particular school subject (Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook in French/ Spanish, or Chemistry puzzles of ‘Alien Invasion’).

Each challenge is cross curricular and the range of hard and soft skills involved is designed to give young people more confidence in both an academic context and in their ability to make a positive contribution while working effectively with others. The end result is achieved by the group, and each individual is given a responsibility to contribute.

Find out how this approach can be adapted to provide you with a practical framework for applying ‘challenge in Learning’ in your area of involvement whether the focus is aimed at school aged young people or adults.

We will cover:

  • What is ‘challenge in Learning’?
  • How to design cross curricular challenges
  • How to use ‘challenge in learning’ to support the needs of the learners
  • How to implement a sustainable and progressive challenge programme

We would also include:

  • ‘Bouncebackability’: Developing Resilience and a Growth Mindset