Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Ask the Pupils

Asking primary age pupils what they would like to see in a new learning environment is always interesting.  A school I'm working with at the moment was considering how to convert an open sided barn in their playground - so they did a brain storm.  The brief was not about approaches to learning - they have already done that.

The results surprised the school governors as to how practical they were.  This always happens and I still don't really know why people get surprised.  The pupils are the people who use the place and know how to make it better.  Added to that is an enormous sense of practicality  - very few are unachievable, such as trampolining, as the pupils were quick to point out!

Lots of schools still don't ask the pupils - but doing this they miss out on lots of good ideas and suggestions. Why wouldn't they?

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