San Diego MET, United States (and more)
Big Picture Learning uses a sixth form training system to prepare pupils for life after school. Learning is undertaken through internships and is aimed at bringing out the pupils’ strengths and interests and helping them find the right career. Computer-based professional tests are also used to help the pupils decide which career path they want to take. Learners are always accompanied by careers advisors during their schooling.
The pupils spend at least two days a week in internships, and the experiences they make are discussed in school with the aim of promoting ‘deeper learning’. This involves the pupils demonstrating that they are actively pursuing their own learning goals such as through learning diaries and writing their own biography. In addition to internships, they also undertake research on related topics that they then present to the other pupils.