16th January 2019

Stover School Shortlisted for Prestigious National Award

Stover School is delighted to announce that our Headmaster, Mr Richard Notman has been nominated for the prestigious Independent Insight i25 Award. The national i25 Awards celebrates 25 individuals who are making a remarkable contribution to independent schools and independent education.

The judges were looking for outstanding examples of innovation or influence made by individuals in the independent sector. Mr Richard Notman has been nominated for introducing the hugely successful Research Based Learning curriculum to Stover School, Newton Abbot. Research Based Learning is a philosophy that transcends the whole curriculum at Stover School, being employed from the Nursery to the Sixth Form. It defines an approach in which teachers encourage pupils to be researchers, discoverers and creators of their own and others learning, within a lesson or series of lessons, which encapsulate a learning aim or objective.

By its nature, this approach has at its heart, a hands-on approach. The focus is, therefore, more practical, involving problem-solving, discovering, experimentation and research, with pupils being given more responsibility for leading their own learning. In addition personal skills are developed, as successful Research Based Learning relies on fruitful interaction with both peers and staff. These include communication and presentation, team-working, personnel management, empathy and decision making skills, which in turn develop self-belief and the robustness required to deal with setbacks and failure. Other nominated schools include Charterhouse, Harrow School, Wellington College and Godolphin School.

Headmaster, Mr Richard Notman said: “The pupils, staff and community at Stover School should be immeasurably proud that we have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. It recognises the most outstanding individuals and institutions that the independent sector has to offer and this award is a testament to the hard work, commitment and enthusiasm from all those involved in driving Stover School forward. I know that the entire community of pupils, parents, staff and former alumni will share my delight at this recognition from Independent Insight i25.”

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