3 Extracts from recent Ofsted primary reports Pupils’ exemplary attitude to learning in lessons is a key factor in promoting their rapid progress. They are keen to learn and work hard. Pupils’ confidence and self-esteem develop quickly; for example, when speaking to the whole class, they talk in an assured manner.Parents and carers praised the school and were happy that their children are safe, motivated and making progress, receiving high levels of support from the school to enhance children’s learningBehaviour is managed exceptionally well through clear and consistently positive messages from all staff. Pupils know the system well and are eager to keep their reward points for good behaviour. Pupils know how to behave both in and out of class at all times and how to work and play together.Pupils are keen to apply for positions of responsibility. Adults monitor playtimes well and some older pupils, who take their roles as playground buddies seriously, ensure no one is left without someone to play with.
4 Extract from recent Ofsted secondary report Students are highly engaged in their learning, and their attitudes and behaviour in lessons are exemplary. They make an exceptional contribution to their own learning and constantly set their aims at higher levels through challenging targets.Students comment on improved behaviour eg the introduction of the new policy focused on rewards rather than sanctions and this has released mentor time to support students’ learning rather than on dealing with inappropriate behaviour.Students use school facilities in a mature and responsible manner, for example lunching together in social groups and enjoying time together without the need for high levels of adult supervision.Students’ enjoyment of school is reflected in high attendance. Time in school before the start of the school day is used well for breakfast and use of the new library, which offers good access to computer facilities and adult support for learning.The school’s house system has helped to build a strong community cohesion and a healthy competition that inspires aspiration and excellence.
5 Extract from recent Ofsted secondary report The determination of pupils across all year groups to do well contributes significantly to their academic success and the sense of purpose seen in classrooms. They have high aspirations of what staff can help them to achieve and strive hard to meet their targets.Pupils thrive on the praise they are given when they do well and are aware that any misbehaviour will be picked up and dealt with very quickly. The strong emphasis on encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their behaviour and the consistency with which all staff implement procedures mean the school is very calm throughout the day.Pupils are very proud of their school and the part they play in its success. They have a strong voice in the school’s development, including their views being sought over the quality of teaching they experience.
6 Key messages – where are the examples of pupil leadership Key messages – where are the examples of pupil leadership? Do you maximimise opportunities in your school?
7 Key questionsHow do we help pupils to become successful leaders and to take responsibility for their own learning?developing the skillsdeveloping emotional intelligence, including empathy and respectdeveloping the climateA role for both staff and pupils …
9 Expectations of behaviour for learning Owned by whole school community - consultationAgreed with whole school community – consensus achievedHave authority – understood and respected by allA focus on learning and teachingPromotion of high expectations, aspirations and positive behaviour, including empathy and respectAn understanding of the need to teach, model and reward both behaviour and attendanceConsistency in approachStudents - the architects, leaders and champions!
10 Some examples of behaviour expectations informed by student voice
11 Activity Are these kinds of expectations evident in your school? How might they be used to strengthen student leadership?How would your agreed expectations be evidenced in your school to show pupil leadership?Examplesstudent behaviour for learning in the classroom?student behaviour without adult supervision?
13 Key questionHow have you included opportunities for pupil leadership development and, in particular, the development of supporting skills in your learning and teaching policy?
14 Strategies to encourage pupil leadership in their own learning – some examples Open-ended tasks that require the pupil to choose how to complete the task depending on preferred learning styleOpportunities to re-structure information: active note-takingActivities that promote critical thinking: information processing, reasoning, enquiry, creative thinking and evaluation – independent study skillsPeer and group learning beyond teacher input: collaborative researchRe-draft work to improve - guided by teacherAssessment for learning
15 But do pupils have the skills to undertake the more challenging tasks? From content to process – developing learners as leaders:social and emotional skills – the confidence to learnempathy and respectresilienceindependent learningeffective group workimportance of coachingRecognise the process of learning
16 Activity in groups … Three ways to involve students as leaders to improve attendance
17 Effective group work – our reflections: Do we teach, model and reward these skills?
19 What are the key leadership messages? Acknowledge our preferred leadership comfort zone Emotionally intelligent leader will have the skills to adapt style to need, person, context, desired goal – empathy Use a range of styles (examples) dependent on situation Distributed leadership – teach and model to each other (staff) and students – within sphere of influence and responsibility Supporting development of leadership in schools within different roles/levels/age – do we do it and how?
21 for student leadership… opportunity for all to get involved – universal offer;recognition and celebration of a range of skills and qualities in the classroom and elsewhere;highlight the processes involved in learning as well as the outcomes;celebrate positive role models;publicise student achievements;focus on student contributions to teaching and learning in classrooms – advisers and supporters in developing and sustaining quality.
22 Examples of pupil leadership in the classroom and beyond Successfully leading a starter, plenary, discussion or part of a lessonWorking effectively as group member, leading and collaborating in learning Coaching peers to develop their understanding, using supporting resourcesModelling exemplary behaviour for learning and successfully encouraging others to followDemonstrating problem-solving skills to others and finding solutions to challenging tasksProviding excellent support to staff, including LSAs on routine procedures and tasksSetting challenging targets, responding positively to feedback and leading own performanceAbility to engage constructively in a conversation that results in a resolution of conflictOther? tutor groups, extra-curricular, innovation, out-of-school2222
23 Achieving recognition, celebrating success and sustaining effective practice Student leadership programmes – part of progress trackingGolden lessons – developing and sharing practice, quality assuranceTeacher led/student ledPraise/rewards/sanctionsPositive/negative languageGetting the balance rightBuilding a legacy – succession at all levels and in all roles
25 Enable all young people to become … successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieveconfident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling livesresponsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society