'What's the ultimate design for a football boot'...
On Thursday 10th May we hosted our first ever Extended Project Qualification Presentation Evening. The EPQ is a level 3 (A-level equivalent) qualification that requires students to independently research an area of their choice and produce either a minimum 5000 word dissertation or a 1000 dissertation and artefact. The expectation is that students demonstrate study to an undergraduate level and would therefore normally be embarked upon in sixth-form. The talents of our students are such, however, that a cohort of our year 11s have completed the EPQ and the evening was to celebrate their successful completion.
Students begin with a title asking a question or proposing a hypothesis, they then gather evidence which develops a debate to both support and refute the question or hypothesis. The final assessment is a presentation. During the presentation evening Lucy, Joel and Laura delivered their presentations in full, describing the choice of their title, research used, conclusions made and what skills and knowledge they had gained from completing the project. Each class then delivered a video and power point presentation describing the different processes involved and an evaluation of their participation in the Extended Project. The evening ended with a Q and A session where Year 10 students currently completing the EPQ and Year 9s who will begin in September could ask about the EPQ.
It was a truly delightful evening where students demonstrated a variety of skills and the excellent projects they had completed.