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Warwick Design Thinking Award

We are excited to announce that next year, all Year 8 pupils will be studying for the Warwick Design Thinking Award. This is a course that is certified by EduQual and has been designed with the support of Warwick University Business School’s Dr Bo Kelestyn. We are the first school in the country to be offering an award of this type. Despite its popularity in America, specifically in the work pioneered by Stanford University, it is thus far only offered at university level in the UK.

Working with Dr Kelestyn from Warwick University, we have developed a course that will allow the pupils to learn the skills of design, both as a supplement to their Design Technology course, and as part of our work in developing a future-ready curriculum. Workplaces increasingly require the skills of empathy, collaboration, creativity and the ability to prototype and respond to feedback. This award allows students to demonstrate these skills which can be applied beyond the physical design process to all types of design thinking. This approach has been successfully used in organising campaigns, marketing and charitable projects. McKinsey’s 2018 report suggests that Design Thinking is one of the most requested skills from new employees and next year’s Year 8 will be the pioneers of the first school’s accredited course in this subject.

Using the principles of define, empathise, ideate, prototype and test, pupils will have the opportunity to design for a specific user, learning to interview, refine and test their products. After working on their own design in groups, they will take part in a group presentation to the school's Senior Management Team and a representative from their specific area. In order to pass the award, they will need to reflect on their role in the group and demonstrate their understanding of Design Thinking.

We hope that you will support the pupils in their endeavours and that our pupils will enjoy this new venture for Warwick School.

Ms Kimberley Wyatt | Deputy Head Teaching and Learning