Conversations about learning have been a major feature of life this month. Our oldest grandson has just attended taster days for the move up into the world of secondary school in September. Another is in the process of working out with family, teachers and their colleagues how we can best support him to overcome some of the challenges he finds at primary school. The rest are sharing their hopes and fears for the move into a new year group.
I attended two open days with our god-daughter who is just at the start of choosing a secondary school. The move into a bigger campus, with five times the number of children, and a different structure of learning, is like entering another world for most children. It was interesting to see how the schools decided to introduce their particular learning world to prospective families.
Both schools involved pupils in showing us around the campus and it was valuable to ask them about their school experience. They were all positive and when I asked them why they thought their school was good, the things they most commonly mentioned were:
- the teachers are friendly
- they take bullying seriously and they deal with it
- there’s lots of different things you can do – art, sport, music, trips
- it’s like a big family/community
- teachers make things interesting and fun
- there are some good facilities
So in our straw poll being happy and safe were top of the young people’s list. Academic results didn’t get a mention! Read the rest of this entry →