Learner Involvement Strategy. Beginnings……. Coulsdon College Context:. Sixth Form College (1300+ 16-18) in Croydon, South London; 30% of our learners are level 1 & 2; 60% are BME learners;
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Sixth Form College (1300+ 16-18) in Croydon, South London;
30% of our learners are level 1 & 2;
60% are BME learners;
We have been participated in a variety of Citizenship initiatives since 2003 and are Citizenship ‘Champions’;
Partnership: keen to work with Strode’s to develop an effective Learner Involvement Strategy;
Deputy Principal (ex Politics teacher) perspective.
At first glance there appears much ‘Learner Involvement’:
Open Day/Taster Day & a host of other surveys
Termly course feedback
Individual Learning Plans + SMART targets
A clear complaints procedure
A Student Council
A VLE (Moodle) with a variety of fora
Student Governors and more…
Yet closer analysis reveals the dialogue to be shallow & superficial.
Weak representation for learners
Themobile phone/My Space/ podcast/ blog generation are used to instant feedback, interactivity & technology. We need to keep up.
Devise, with learners, a cross college Communication Strategy.
We will need to consider:
the role of email, functionality of our VLE and rules around mobile phones. (Remove the signs that say no use of mobile phones!)
V clear links to teaching & learning policy (submission of work), email protocols, parental access, personalisation agenda/ILPs etc..
Moving on from learning styles: How?
We need a new Teaching & Learning Policy that links Learner Involvement with Citizenship, personalisation, ECM and more..
We need to:
So far we have planned two full days in April 2007 to tackle these themes including a day on ‘Motivational Dialogue’ with Paul Lalgee from CONEL. We have planned differentiated ILT support for Summer term.
Reassigned the responsibility back to a Senior Manager;
Recognise training will be needed annually;
Rewrite constitution & ensure Student Council feeds formally into college decision making;
Resurrect curriculum course boards & link with QA;
Maintain the democracy unit in Tutorial programme & link explicitly to College structures
Acknowledge that a variety of learner panels/involvement methods are needed, Ezine et al..
The development of Learner Involvement Strategy is an opportunity to mainstream citizenship: