iPQ, Schools 22 March 2024

Explore three new iPQ case studies

As an exciting, adaptable, pupil-led qualification, the ISEB Project Qualification (iPQ) has been inspiring schools, teachers and their pupils since its introduction in 2021.

We recently collaborated with three prep schools to produce new case studies exploring how each school introduced and integrated the iPQ into their existing curriculum models, challenging their pupils through independent learning to produce bespoke creative project outcomes.

Schools use the iPQ in different ways, and these three new case studies provide fantastic examples of this diversity in action.

Read about the benefits of the iPQ here:

iPQ Case Study: Notting Hill Prep School “Assessing a Bespoke Curriculum”

The iPQ has benefited our pupils in lots of ways … it works well for us” – Nicola Swales, Deputy Head (Academic)

Notting Hill Prep has implemented the iPQ as the terminal assessment in their bespoke, integrated Year 8 Geography, History, and Theology, Philosophy and Religion curriculum, and mock projects in Years 6 and 7 to develop the skills of younger students. The iPQ encourages children to become “mini subject experts” in their field of exploration, says Deputy Head (Academic) Nicola Swales, who says that she often learns something new when students present their projects to the senior management team.

iPQ Case Study: Shrewsbury House School “Challenging Academic Scholars”

“I absolutely recommend the iPQ to all schools … (the) iPQ is perfect for Year 8 pupils, especially academic scholars who show a natural curiosity and interest in learning” – Nick French, Director of Scholarship, Reporting and Assessment, and Head of Geography

Shrewsbury House innovatively uses the iPQ as a way to challenge and engage their Year 8 academic scholars in the weeks after completing their summer exams. Nick French, Director of Scholarship, Reporting and Assessment, and Head of Geography at Shrewsbury House described the iPQ experience as “almost like a dissertation at the age of 13”, praising the qualification as an opportunity for pupils to develop the vital skills needed when entering further and higher education.

iPQ Case Study: Rose Hill School “Exploring Personal Abilities”

“The iPQ enables children to set their own goals … it really moulds them to appreciate the work of other pupils, look a bit broader, and have a go at something different”Emma Neville, Head

Rose Hill School embraced the ability of the iPQ to create space for the natural skills and interests of each pupil while introducing them to essential skills such as project work and presentation. Rose Hill Head Emma Neville commented that “the iPQ is an excellent way of getting children to develop and showcase their skills […] Whether they are good with words, good with people, or artistic, the iPQ nurtures their development.”

Explore more iPQ case studies:

iPQ Case Study: The Banda School – “Well-being and Learning”

iPQ Case Study: Hall Grove School – “Promoting Lateral Thinking and Providing New Challenges”

iPQ Case Study: Kenton College Prep School – “Asking the Big Questions”

iPQ Case Study: Cottesmore School – “Championing Sustainability”

What does the iPQ mean to you?

If you are interested in your school featuring in our next round of iPQ case studies, please contact ISEB at ipq@iseb.co.uk, or submit an enquiry via our support portal.

If you would like to find out more about the iPQ, including how to introduce the qualification in your school and classroom, please contact ISEB by submitting an enquiry through our customer support portal. Alternatively, contact Marketing & Account Manager Tulio Althoff by email: Tulio.Althoff@iseb.co.uk

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