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?
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
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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.
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
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
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
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