How to use this exemplar to improve practice:
This video along with reflective questions invite you to consider the impact of your own approach to involve young people in planning learning. Watch the video and consider, individually or as a team, the following improvement questions:
- How do you ensure that such an approach is inclusive of all learners?
- Are there other tools that could be used to present news stories and information to pupils?
- Given that the news stories are learner-led, how do you ensure that subject matter is appropriate to age and level?
- Are there ways in which parents/carers could be included in such an approach?
- How would you evaluate the impact of such an approach on other areas of the curriculum, for example literacy?
- How does this approach open up opportunities for other members of the wider school community to be involved in supporting and improving classroom learning?
Explore this exemplar:
What was done?
'Newsflash' initially began as a way to make sure young people were keeping up to date with current events in the world and locally. It was predominantly a literacy-based activity with aspects of social studies.
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What brought about the change?
As 'Newsflash' evolved, it became clear that it was the moral debates that were interesting children most. Therefore, staff reviewed how 'Newsflash' was working and decided to embed it within religious and moral education. Four or five pupils would bring in an article with a moral dilemma to discuss and debate as a class.
What was the impact?
'Newsflash' has improved pupil confidence and skills in debating and discussing. It has supported group work and encouraged members of the wider school community to become involved in classroom learning. The quality of articles selected by pupils has improved over time, and learners have developed a clearer understanding of the moral issues within current news items.
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Word file: Using news reports and current affairs as a context for learning about beliefs and moral values