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General Discussion / Re: Student Voice
« on: July 17, 2009, 02:11:54 PM »
I should also add that this initiative was also designed to involve the pupils in the decision making process for our rewards system.


Time for a summer holiday now!

General Discussion / Re: Student Voice
« on: July 17, 2009, 02:07:46 PM »
Student voice is something I believe is that is only beneficial to schools. We have online surveys via moodle that provide us with feedback as a department. We publish these results yearly to show that we listen and respond to ideas.

We also use 'leadership' groups in selected areas:-

Sports Leaders
Language Leaders
Literacy Leaders
Music Leaders
and my responsiblity Humanities leaders.

Most of these run in what we call enrichment time that runs from 3-4pm on a Tuesday (the other days we finish at 3pm). It is important to give these developments time in the timetable. You should not be expected to dvelop pupil voice in lunchbreaks etc...

Each group run different ideas for example there are accredited courses for leadership in Sport and Languages. I am hoping to work with Youth Sport Trust to develop the humanities leaders onto an accredited course over the next two years (we are a specialist sports high school). At the moment my young leaders in humanities observe teachers in our department teach and provide them with feedback. This is after training and staff have volunteered to be observed.

A few other things that we have done are...

Year and school councils that have time off timetable to meet and the discussions are recorded as they would be in a staff meeting.
We also use pupils in staff interviews.
We have included them in whole school decisions for example a move to vertical tutoring

I have heard of examples where pupils take on staff roles for one day, I'm not sure if that would work well where I work but it's something that has also been done.

Hope that helps?

General Discussion / Edexcel A GCSE Text Books
« on: June 23, 2009, 04:17:54 PM »

   Just wondering if anyone else has actually received their text books for this course? I ordered inspection copies a while back from the exam board and the Tomorrow's Geography series but alas have not got them yet! Having started this new course three weeks ago i'd love to see how the spec matches up to the text books! One of the down sides of starting year 10 on GCSE's before the summer holidays I suppose!



General Discussion / Re: Money to spend?
« on: May 20, 2009, 09:53:25 PM »
I am slightly jealous that you have spare cash to spend. Increasingly my department have to seek cost cutting measures to purchase text books for the new specificaions etc! The latest is buying A5 exercise books rather than A4! Oh for £300!!!!

Jealous rant over!

General Discussion / Re: Pupil Voice
« on: April 20, 2009, 09:38:21 PM »
Many thanks,

Our department is very much pro pupil voice and ecm. Anything that you can pass on would be brilliant!


General Discussion / Pupil Voice
« on: April 20, 2009, 04:04:46 PM »

   I am hoping to develop somesort of pupil voice based lesson observations within our department. I was wondering if anybody had any experience of this and any example pupil lesson observation forms/training for pupils that they may have used in the past? I am thinking of small observations e.g. starter activities, independent learning and multiple intelligence learning.
Happy to share all resources that I develop over the next term as this is a key focus of ofsted and SSAT.



General Discussion / Must have downloads
« on: April 16, 2009, 07:05:11 PM »

   Having purchased a new laptop over the holidays I am looking to fill it up with amazing applications. Does anybody have any advice as to the best software developments, media players (currently use winamp), digital technology editors (looking at buying nero 9), web browsers or essential weblinks for my bookmarks etc...

Having gone from XP to vista I am a bit lost!

thanks in anticipation,


General Discussion / Re: New forum and firefox
« on: April 04, 2009, 02:04:51 PM »
Works ok for me with firefox

General Discussion / Re: New features
« on: April 02, 2009, 12:33:16 PM »
I presume that unlike the old forum that we can organise it into different areas e.g. Teaching Resources, Discussions, ICT, Jobs etc...

Can anyone add these sections or is it only admin staff that can do this? It would be nce to organise it like the school history forum so it is easier to navigate.

apoligies for mentioning history!

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