Gesher Design Principles
EVERY YOUNG PERSON IS PROFOUNDLY WELL KNOWN
Learning at Gesher is founded on relationships and attachment:
- Adults know students as both young people and learners
- Young people know and support one another
- Gesher is a community of ambition built on relationships and compassion.
PERSONALISED LEARNING INFORMED BY YOUNG PEOPLE’S PASSIONS AND INTERESTS
At Gesher young peopleʻs learning will be highly personalised:
- Fostering curiosity and discovering passions and interests
- Developing from that to ambition and engagement
- Ensuring holistic growth and development
ACADEMIC RIGOUR AND AUTHENTIC REAL-WORLD LEARNING
- Learning at Gesher will be academically rigorous and authentic – connected to real-world tasks in the adult world
- Learning will take place in school, in the community and through internships in the workplace
- Young peopleʼs learning will include real-world projects, appropriate skill-based learning, and authentic real-world assessments
- We will design together rigorous and engaging projects that will develop young people’s sense of agency, ability to collaborate constructively and encourage collective
A CULTURE OF REFLECTIVE PRACTICE AND COLLABORATIVE PEER LEARNING
- Gesher has a culture of staff reflecting and thinking about their practice together, and collaboratively planning how to improve outcomes for each and every young person
- Gesher has a culture of peer teaching and tutoring enabling young people to learn from one another.
PARENTS AND COMMUNITY AS PARTNERS IN LEARNING
- Parents are critical partners – expected to play an active role in their child’s school and home learning
- At Gesher, parents are our partners in their child’s education, and our community supports and enables learning to happen
- Gesher engages with the wealth of experience and expertise in our community, and we create opportunities for volunteering.