Last Updated: Monday, February 22, 2021

Developing pupil voice and independent learning through strong partnerships in RME

What is this?

​This video demonstrates how children and young people at Kersland school  are developing pupil voice and independent learning through strong partnerships in RME.

Who is this for?

​This video is for staff teaching children and young people with additional needs to be better learners through partnership work in (RME).

​How to use this exemplar to improve practice:

This video along with reflective questions invites you to consider the impact of your own approach to developing independent learning though RME work,  for those with additional learning needs. You are invited to watch the video and consider, individually or as a team, the following improvement questions:

  • How are you developing children's and young people's skills as independent learners?
  • What areas of learning have you used and developed further to ensure that learning and teaching in RME is exciting and vibrant?
  • What broader skills base do you expect children to have as a result of this type of study in RME ?
  • How will you assess the skills developed through this type of work?

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What was done?

Staff wanted children  and young people at Kersland school to become involved in  charity work  with the local community.  Staff feel that the learners at Kersland  gain a lot from the local community who  are very supportive of them. Staff encourage the pupils to invite local people into the school, so they can learn more about different cultures, faiths and beliefs.  Staff made links with their local Indian restaurant and three Sikh chefs came in and cooked for everyone in the school.  The children learned about the importance of halal meat for Muslim learners and the importance of the events of Holi.  Staff are also keen to promote the pupil council in the school so the pupils have a voice.  From this work children and young people can give their opinions on what they would like to do to improve the school. 

The school works with SPREAD to prepare Catholic children for their first communion, confirmation etc. SPREAD stands for special religious development.

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Why it was done?

Staff wanted young people to gain confidence and become better independent learners.  RME learning is a good vehicle to take this forward

What was the impact?

Impact from this work shows children and young people being more independent and able to transfer the skills they are learning in education to the wider community.

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