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  • 1. HOW will you know when you are achieving your aims? Collecting evidence from learners Schools have found many different ways to find out what their learners think about their curriculum. Have you found any of the approaches mentioned here useful? What other evaluation approaches have you used? Audio recordings Digital Dictaphone: are cheap to buy, easy to use and download from, and are being used effectively by both teachers and learners to capture discussions and comments. Emphasise to pupils that it is important to make sure everybody is aware that they are being recorded when using a digital Dictaphone. Pupils’ curriculum taskforce One curriculum co-development school has created a pupils’ curriculum taskforce _ in which learners work alongside teachers to develop and evaluate curriculum changes. Pupils helped to identify the qualities needed to be a taskforce member, wrote job descriptions, applied forjobs and became representatives for their year groups. They were then trained in how to collect their peers’ views and feed them into discussions effectively. The school has found that this is a great way to help pupils feel that they are really involved in their learning. to Qualifications and Curriculum Authority Draw and write To find out what learners think about an issue, situation or aspect of their curriculum, some schools ask pupils to draw a picture expressing their views and then to write a sentence or notes explaining the drawing. Repeating the same exercise at different points can be a useful way to discover changes in learners’ perceptions over time. This has proved particularly useful for learners with low literacy skills. Digital photographs As an alternative to ’draw and write‘, some schools ask their learners to take digital photographs to show what they are thinking or feeling about particular issues. These can provide a quick, clear point of reference for discussion and can be used to illustrate documents. fl, 3 Circle time Many schools already use circle time to ‘L ‘i , promote better relationships and ‘. _ behaviour, but a growing number are finding that it can also be a useful forum for involving learners in planning and reflecting on curriculum change. Learning journals Learning journals are powerful tools to help individuals and teams reflect critically on their learning and decision- making processes. Schools are using them to capture and document an individuals or group's growth and to create a chronicle of learning. Some schools have also started thinking about using social networking websites to keep thejournal. Interactive voting systems ‘fl Some schools have introduced technology l 4 to allow them to use interactive voting to get large-scale feedback from learners on all sorts of issues, including curriculum development. 1:34’ , ._