Shropshire school dons its’ thinking bandana to improve pedagogy
By Sophie Byrne
The Marches School and Technology College in Shropshire has been undertaking research and development into how they can involve their students, parents and other stakeholders to co create a more creative way of learning that will develop learners who are resilient, creative and flexible, who can collaborate, solve problems and think critically. They are hoping to develop best practice around developing mechanisms for ensuring informed and realistic ‘learner voice’ throughout the schools policy.
At the moment they are working with the Year 7 curriculum through their ‘Growing Minds’ programme. The programme aims to develop students’ learning skills, ensuring pupils better understand themselves as learners and ‘learn to learn’. One exercise includes the young people putting on ‘learning bandanas’, which help them to think about issues and events from a variety of different perspectives.
Learners at the Marches have also been consulted on their learning environment, for example they were recently asked to vote on the mood that they would like in the school.
The research and development at the Marches aims to create learners that are resilient, responsible, resourceful, reflective and capable of reasoning. These broader changes are based and grounded on individual learners needs, allowing for a good degree of personalised learning ensuring that all learners are engaged and progressing.