Innovative teaching methods earn trust hub status

26th January 2016


Penlee Academy Trust has been asked to become the first EOS education hub in the South West.   The three Penzance schools within the Trust (Alverton, Newlyn and Pensans) will launch an EOS Regional Hub for immersive and project based learning on 26th and 27th January. 

At the event, teachers from the trust will train other teachers from South West schools in the principles of the EOS teaching approach.  While following the National Curriculum, this method of teaching allows children to embrace and enjoy their education, enabling achievement beyond conceivable expectations. 

At the beginning of each term, children are asked a ‘launch’ question, for instance, “Does Cornwall need tourism?”.  Classes then work towards an interactive end of term event where they showcase the application of their new knowledge and skills.

Within this immersive education environment, creativity and imagination is plainly obvious within the classrooms.  Each term’s projects will see classrooms transformed to take the children on a stimulating learning journey – complete with sounds and smells!  Currently, one classroom takes you straight into the world of Harry Potter, complete with Victorian style bookshelves, floating candles and Hogwarts scarves and flags.  Another class is themed on natural disasters with branches seemingly flying through the air, walls of grass and a wooden shelter.

Trust CEO and Alverton Headteacher Martin Higgs said, “As a trust we are committed to raising standards and the best way to do this is to make sure that our learners are really engaged in their learning and motivated to reach their goals.  Huge credit must go to the staff of our three schools who have embraced the new approaches with such enthusiasm, creativity and determination.  Being approached to become the first Hub in the South West for such a high profile and successful national initiative is a great reward for everyone involved across our three schools. ”

The three schools are taking bookings for the two day education hub launch taking place on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th January – local teachers and headteachers will be able to explore the schools, take part in immersive learning workshops and gain a feel for the EOS challenge based learning principle.