The project partners sought to:

  • get involved in the educational process at the Lycée and bring teaching closer to the professional and financial realities of the construction phase.
  • be in touch with tomorrow's markets, ensuring that education and business interact to focus on real needs and thus enhance students' job chances.
  • create dialogue with the businesses involved in the construction of Project HSP in the form of "school builds".
  • consolidate students' interest in their chosen occupational pathways through work on a specific project.
  • enable teaching staff to reproduce a design-and-build project as a teaching instrument in a training context.

Benefits of the project-based teaching approach used in Project HSP's model "school builds"

This approach is well suited to teachers on the lookout for innovation and research-based ways to create and sustain student motivation.

Students, meanwhile, are given the chance to:

  • learn through producing real, practical results
  • develop their self-reliance, build upon their skills and enhance their ability to compare, evaluate and make choices.
  • be stimulated by a real, active, innovative, integrative and attractive environment.

In the experience of staff at the Lycée Andréossy, the soundness of this teaching method is proved by the results.

As part of Project HSP, students at the Lycée Andréossy proposed, designed and carried out three exemplary "school builds":

  • the decorative walling enclosing the two houses
  • the barbecues to be built in the gardens, which will contribute to the "South-of-France lifestyle"
  • the pergolas, fitted with Shamal terracotta baguettes, which protect the buildings from the summer heat.

The three "school builds" combined project-based teaching with professional training, imagination and creativity. They were carried out under the supervision of a motivated and active teaching team and in full cooperation with the architect, design bureau, builder, landlord and the industrial and institutional professionals involved. Such careful coordination with real businesses is a shining example of an industry that is committed to helping train the construction professionals of tomorrow.