Productive Learning in Berlin Schools - PLEBS
Origins and Development of Productive Learning in Berlin
The development of Productive Learning started in Berlin with the pilot project City-as-School Berlin in the late 1980s, which provided the opportunity to devise and to test this new educational programme. Subsequently, the first five projects Productive Learning in Berlin Schools (PLEBS) were established at the beginning of the school year 1996/97in collaboration with the Berlin Senate.
Since the school year 2003/04, Productive Learning has been available as a regular educational programme, which can be set up in every secondary school (Hauptschule) in Berlin: all school-leaving certificates of the Secondary Stage I level can be attained through this programme. Since its introduction, more than 2500 pupils have taken part in Productive Learning; the majority of these pupils – many of whom were once in danger of dropping out of school - completed school successfully:
- Approximately two thirds of pupils attained a school-leaving certificate.
- Nearly 80% of those pupils who continued with Productive Learning at grade 10 level in secondary school (Hauptschule) attained an advanced school leaving certificate (ca. 60% to 70% per year group) or a secondary school leaving certificate (ca. 10% to 20% per year group).
- 30% to 45% of grade 10 Productive Learning school leavers immediately started an apprenticeship – in a large number of cases at their former ‘places of practice’.
During the structural school reform in Berlin, Productive Learning was consolidated as an important element within the new secondary school programme. Interested schools can contact the Institute of Productive Learning in Europe (IPLE).
Pupils and parents who are interested in Productive Learning may contact the schools which offer Productive Learning directly. For contact details please see the overview below:
List of schools with Productive Learning
The project results are published in: Institut für Produktives Lernen in Europa, Produktives Lernen – von der Tätigkeit zur Bildung, Hohengehren, 2004.
The project is funded by the Federal State of Berlin.