In addition to the above a large number of schools, internationally and within the UK, have offered us at Infinity inspiration. Be it their approach to learning, their Innovative Learning Environment or their mission for education, we have drawn from the most innovative and effective systems `across the world to help form our Infinity Education.
Brightwork’s School. San Francisco
“We invite students to be co-authors of their education, embracing and supporting the individual and the unique set of skills and interests that motivate them,”
“The world needs more people who see the hardest challenges as interesting puzzles and have the creative capacity, skills, and tenacity to make change happen,” Tulley and Justine Macauley, Brightworks’ program coordinator.
Alliance School. Milwaukee
“We use restorative practices, anti-bullying policies, community building, and service learning to build a community where all students feel safe and accepted, regardless of gender, sexuality, appearance, ability, or beliefs,” Owen-Moore.
AltSchool. San Francisco
“The school experience can be so much more than consumption of facts and figures,” “We should be educating children from a whole-child lens where they learn to problem solve, social-emotional learning is prioritized, students should be part of the goal-setting process, and so on.” CEO Max Ventilla.
York School. Monterey
Borrowing a policy often seen in Silicon Valley, York School gives kids 80/20 time. They spend 80% of their time on schoolwork and 20% on any creative project they’re interested in.
Ørestad Gymnasium. Copenhagen
Ørestad Gymnasium is one giant classroom, where more than 1,100 high school students spend half their time learning in an expansive glass cube. By encouraging students to collaborate in wide-open settings, the school hopes students will be equipped to think flexibly on diverse topics later in life.
“So we want to be an open school that is in connection with the outside world.” “It’s not enough to give them knowledge, you also have to give them a way of transforming knowledge into action,” “And that’s very important for us, and I think it is important for modern schools.”Allan Kjær Andersen.
Steve Jobs School. Amsterdam
Each student begins with an Individual Development Plan (IDP), which is evaluated and readjusted every six weeks by the child, his or her parents, and the coach. (The school doesn’t call them “teachers.”)
Yuile Park P-8 Community College. Australia
Community hubs offer opportunities and facilities for the wider community use. Staffing structures have been flattened to foster respect and equality in working relations.
Europaschule Linz. Austria
It does not use grades, and learners work in flexible heterogenous groupings, some of which are integrative. Teaching activities are based on a sophisticated formative assessment system, which is organised as a written portfolio that contains teacher reports, and learner self-assessment.
The aim is that learning becomes self-managed and intrinsically motivated, and lessons are designed such that learners assume a high level of responsibility for their own and their class mates learning.
Community of Learners Network. British Columbia, Canada
Curriculum and schedules ar built around large scale inquiries that blur traditional school subjects and schedules. Formative assessment and metacognition are integral to the learning, as is collaboration, where learning is co-constructed and facilitated in groups.
Community members with expertise are regularly invited into classrooms, and local resources are viewed as an integral part of the learning environment.
Learning days are structured by recurring routines, like a morning assembly and end of week meeting of the whole learning group, and further include blocks of time allocated to cross-curriculum work and to the planning of individual learning activities interspersed with exercise breaks. Learners present their work in weekly sessions.
The learning day is organised into phases of autonomous completion of tasks and free creative work, interdisciplinary lessons and projects, professional lessons and electives in areas of special interest. Teachers work in grade teams and strongly focus on differential, formative feedback.
Xp. School. Doncaster
A small school with only 50 students per year group. Close relations are built between educators and all members of the learning community. Educators spend a large % of time with just 25 students enabling a detailed understanding of learning and progress to be understood. Xp. is a UK pioneer of the Expeditionary Learning approach to education.