This is something that people in education question and is one thing that all teachers and those involved in running schools often ask themselves. As a school we have been extremely fortunate to be involved in a National student voice project that has allowed us to explore and research this question.
Over the last 6 months or so a group of our students have completed a research project self titled Next Generation Kernow supported by the SSAT (Specialist Schools and Academies Trust) and NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and Arts). One of the highlights of which was when two of our sixth formers presented at the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust National Conference in Birmingham in November. You can read more about it here: http://bit.ly/4zcapo
All of the student voice projects recently have been published in a publication which focuses on:
“In all the debates about the future of education, it is surprising how often the voice and engagement of students is overlooked. This project demonstrates that young people can contribute new thinking, ideas and insights on education and how it should be delivered. It also shows that, with the right support and encouragement, they have a key role to play in helping transform learning so that it is fit for the future and gives them the skills and knowledge they will need.”
Benedict Arora & Sue Williamson
You can download a copy of the publication here:
Our school research completed by one of our students Zoe can be found on pages 32-35 and it is definitely worth looking at as there are some fantastic ideas and project. Well done to all our students who have taken part in the project particularly Zoe.