Why choose the iPQ?

Modified on Fri, 03 Feb 2023 at 10:47 AM

The iPQ gives schools the opportunity to develop and recognise leadership, project development, and real-world skills in their pupils, as well as integrate genuine diversity of culture, experience and thought into the curriculum. With the same DNA as project-based qualifications at KS5/Level 3 and reference to university programmes at Level 4 and beyond, the iPQ starts a path towards future learning through multi-modal and pupil-led assessment and encourages pupils to solve real-world problems.

The iPQ challenges pupils to identify a question, research the answer, develop their views in light of the research, present their findings, and reflect on the learning process. The emphasis is on the process rather than the output and provides the child with real insights into their own ways of thinking and working. 


This structure prepares pupils for the style of learning they will be working to throughout their time at senior school and supplies them with tangible evidence of their ability to show prospective schools throughout their application process.


Project work also encourages deeper thinking and greater enjoyment of learning by enabling pupils to relate their schoolwork to their interests. The iPQ offers pupils the freedom to explore, create and present an inspiring range of project types beyond the written report. In previous years, pupils have submitted their projects as podcasts, models, videos, sketches, animations, scripts, short films, websites, artwork, multimedia portfolios and much more. By championing pupils’ unique skills, interests, and ideas, the iPQ encourages them to think outside of the box and create something that demonstrates both their ability and personality. 

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