Consulting Pupils: What's In It for Schools? (What's in It by Julia Flutter

By Julia Flutter

Consulting scholars considers the capability advantages and implications of speaking to scholars approximately instructing and studying in class, exploring its effect at assorted degrees. Key concerns incorporated are: * the significance of attractive younger newbies in a centred discussion approximately studying* the position of scholar session in supporting faculties to advance new instructions for development* the broader implications of student session and participation in instructing the rules of citizenship and democracy. via examples of scholar session projects in fundamental and secondary colleges, the authors show how an time table for swap in response to scholars' views on educating and studying can be utilized to enhance lecture room perform. a part of the what is In It For faculties series aimed at making academic coverage concerns correct to practitioners, this booklet can be a worthy source for practitioners, scholars and researchers drawn to exploring students' views on instructing and studying.

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School Councils UK, an organisation supporting school council initiatives, has also seen a rising demand for its training and resources for schools (for details of resources produced by School Councils UK see the ‘Recommended Reading’ section). In many schools the school council role is limited to discussion of pupils’ concerns about facilities, uniforms and rules but there is evidence that schools are willing to adopt innovative approaches. Hannam (1999) cites examples of school councils in English schools which have been involved in interviewing applicants for teaching posts, reviewing teaching and learning strategies and discussing curriculum content.

Hart’s view is echoed in a comment by a young person taking part in a national research project exploring young people’s views of their lives and on the society in which they live: ‘Teachers need to understand they are preparing you for the world not just teaching you a subject’ (National Children’s Bureau, 1998: 20). Preparing young people to take more active roles as citizens is increasingly being recognised as worthwhile and important outside school. , 2001). However, within schools there has been some hesitation about pupils taking on such responsibilities.

The ‘wide-angle’ approach Pupil consultation is often used as a way of ‘mapping the terrain’ to find out what is happening in a school or classroom. Teachers sometimes have quite general concerns that pupils are not performing as well as they could and, in order to help them to understand why, they have opened up a dialogue with pupils to explore their responses to, and attitudes towards, particular aspects of teaching and learning. It is also sometimes used within initiatives aimed at addressing broad issues affecting a school’s learning culture.

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