Underpinning the Enquiring Minds programme are some key principles:

Children as researchers

We believe that young people can act as researchers and innovators in ways that have an impact, both on their own lives, and those of other people. As part of the project, we established a young people’s research group to inform the direction of the programme and to work with us on the evaluation of the programme’s success.

Building rather than reinventing

Rather than reinvent the wheel, we decided to make use of findings from previous projects. If an earlier project had found a particular tool to be useful, we used it. Throughout the programme, we have consulted with others to find out about other research and initiatives that might feed into the work we were doing.

Clear and transparent communication

We made sure that the project plans, materials and findings were made available, both through the web and other channels, with the aim of sharing information about the project as widely as possible among education and technology communities.

UK partnership rather than isolation

The programme has worked in partnership with schools, academic institutions, commercial organisations and policy groups across all UK nations to:

Evaluation, experimentation and ambition

The programme has balanced risk-taking and exploration of new ideas with a careful qualitative and quantitative evaluation of how successful it has been. We are committed to learning from our failures as well as successes, and to communicating about them equally.

Sustainability and exit strategies

We made sure that the programme contributed to the development of practices in schools that will enable the project work to be continued without further funding. Materials have been made widely available, both to the participating schools and other schools. Where digital tools have been developed and become embedded in the project work, we will make these are freely available on completion of the project.

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