Two Year 9 form-groups have now completed our first In-House Internship to be integrated into the year-group curriculum timetable. Students have been working with the Climate Engagement and Behavioural Change Team at Hammersmith and Fulham Council on the challenge of developing strategies or campaigns to change the behaviour of its residents and encourage them to choose more eco-friendly and ‘green’ ways to travel in the borough. Video presentations had already been created by each team, of which there were twelve, and members of the council who watched these presentations joined us on Tuesday morning this week as part of the carousel presentation finale.
Each group have developed their own evidence based idea and have engaged with the content superbly. As well as this strong connection to sustainable travel, students have been actively coached in effective problem solving and have been encouraged to:
- reflect on research to inform next steps
- interview their target audience to gain insight
- present a minimum viable idea for the purpose of feedback
- iterate and pivot
- develop an understanding of how to pitch to create a convincing case
The girls have demonstrated resilience throughout the course of taught sessions and produced a selection of thought provoking and interesting ideas for the council to consider. We look forward to other form-groups joining the internship in the months ahead and continuing to work closely with our local council.