How to use this exemplar to improve practice?
Schools can use the model illustrated by the young people from Grange Academy, in this case for the technologies curriculum area, as a framework for engaging their own pupils in exploring the implications of significant publications for their own learning and development. Where some publications in the past have adopted the idea of creating a “pupil/learner version”, this resource attempts a more active, enterprising and engaging approach. Young people themselves took on the task of identifying and presenting what, in the relevant publication, is important to them. That approach involved them learning to work in teams, at times collaborating with young people from other establishments, designing their presentation and structuring it for specific audiences.
Practitioners considering this approach might find the following questions helpful.
- Specific to the technologies, how might this approach help young people in our school(s) better understand the significance of the technologies?
- How, in turn, might these perceptions of our young people help us shape our curriculum better to meet their needs and aspirations?
- How best could this approach be applied to other priority areas of the curriculum, including, for example, the “responsibilities of all” of literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing?
- How might the approach exemplified by the resource be adapted to fit our existing school structures, for example developing the approach through the work of pupil/student councils?
Explore the resource
What was done?
The video shows young people from the campus schools describing and explaining their investigation of the technologies report, as the schools’ way of developing their own “pupil version” of the Technologies Impact Review. The video is organised into short sequences which encourage opportunities for debate.
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The Grange Campus Schools were invited to consider what form a “pupil/learner” version of the Technologies Impact Review might take, with the challenge of achieving a more engaging and dynamic approach than simply creating a shorter simpler text version.
What was the impact?
Young people in the video clearly articulate the impact which this approach had on them, in terms of their understanding and appreciation of the contribution of the technologies to their learning and development.
Staff across the campus schools recorded a significant impact on the groups of young people involved and concluded that the approach is clearly replicable across different areas of the curriculum.
Overall the resource demonstrates the potential for alternative, dynamic approaches to the challenge of creating “pupil/learner” versions of key national publications.