How to use this exemplar to improve practice?
Developing the young person’s confidence and sense of identity are key features of the work carried out by the Children’s Parliament. With this in mind, the following reflective questions could help to improve pedagogy for learners in schools:
- What arrangements exist to ensure learners have regular communication and discussions with a key adult to review their learning and plan next steps?
- To what extent do we involve parents and partner agencies to ensure learners benefit from the right support at the right time to encourage confidence and a sense of identity?
- How effective are the processes utilised in removing barriers to learning and ensuring equity for all?
PDF file: The value of learner participation and children’s insight (1.6 MB)
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What was done?
The video describes the activities used to explore children’s learning, identify barriers and develop help and support strategies in order to improving the learning process.
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The Children’s Parliament is operated by 2 directors and 1 project worker and has worked in partnership with 6 primary schools across Scotland. They investigate children’s learning and are a Children’s Rights Organisation. They use learner voice as a key to providing enhanced educational experiences.
The Children’s Parliament work with the school to provide a happy, safe space to enhance the educational experiences of young people in the school. Their aim is to encourage young people to reflect on how they see themselves as learners, to value learner voice and develop supporting educational practices.
What was the impact?
The 7 week programme encourages young people to become reflective learners using ‘Building Learning Power’ approaches and the ‘Myself as Learners’ scale to evaluate the impact.
PDF file: Ability alone is not enough (99 KB)