Who Are We? • Group of Students from Hertfordshire • Ages ranging from 7 to 17 Our Objectives • Watch and analyse a film outlining the British Education System. • Discuss and decide what we – as students – want from our education. • Develop a review of “We are the People we’ve been waiting for” • Construct an education manifesto.
The Film 5 people Different lifestyles Every student matters Input and Output ‘The future is a race between education and catastrophe’ – H. G. Wells Theoretical and applied rather than vocational and academic Balance Creativity and poverty Economic links Global prospects
Purpose of the Film -School’s need to realise potential. -Focus on balance between creative/academic. -Students today are the potential of tomorrow. -Don’t want to polarise any student from the classroom. -Talking and teaching about current issues.
Why we thought it was effective -It gave a clear message. -It links education with current issues. -It emphasises the responsibility of the teachers in addition to the students. -Singles out the teachers as privileged.
How we suggest you use this DVD • Use it as a model to recognise how different interests and abilities effect student learning. • You can build on it and adapt the methods shown refining your own teaching techniques • Show it to the students and teachers within your school and discuss meanings and views on how to change or adapt your school.
Small, inclusive classes Good teacher-pupil relationships More discussions, less reliance on textbooks Varied lesson structures More independent learning/research from a younger age One-to-one tutorials Recognise potential and let people know of their options Theoretical and applied instead of academic and vocational Enthusiastic teachers More subject specific Tying in creativity with productivity Linking school life to the wider world, lessons on current affairs Too much focus on exams Lack of preparation for transition between key stages Too much pressure from teachers and other students A brief overview, we want details Pushing for grades not potential Lack of balance between grades and potential Over reliance on technology, solely learning from a computer screen, we want more hands on teaching Ignorance of what is going on around us Lack of encouragement for participation socially Ineffective generic career days, we want one-to-one advice Manifesto What we want to see What we don’t want to see