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Having gathered extensive evidence and learned from some of the world’s leading models of education focused on deeper learning, we wanted to put this into practice by working with a group of schools to develop an effective model in the UK context, making learning relevant to inspire young people. 

We have worked with two Founding Partners – Ford Next Generation Learning, who have developed and rolled out a similar model in the US, and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, who lead work to support the growth of the North East economy.

Together, we began working with three schools in the North East of England – Excelsior Academy in Newcastle, Churchill Community College and Norham High School in North Tyneside, in September 2018.

We were delighted to announce in June 2019 that through their hard work the North East has been recognised as Ford Next Generation Learning’s first community outside of the US and you can read more about the progress there in Edge Future Learning: Our Principles for Deeper Learning.

With support from the Four Acre Trust, we are expanding the work of the North East hub. Following a competitive process, Castleview Enterprise Academy, Education Partnership North East and James Calvert Spence College were selected in June 2019 to join the second phase of work and will begin delivery in September 2019.

You can find out more about progress in the videos below. We are keen to work with other interested areas and schools across the UK to share everything that we are learning and developing – you can contact us at to find out more.