View of learners in history at Key Stage 3

With the increasing emphasis now being placed on the ‘pupil voice’, it is important that we make use of feedback from pupils to inform our teaching to improve their learning.  Whether this relates to curriculum choices, or preferred learning styles, we need to know what helps pupils to learn best.  As we become more proficient in self-evaluation, so we will draw more heavily on the views of pupils and their parents.  This short article contains a number of very helpful downloadable resources.  There is Tim Lomas’ extensive research, coupled with interviews I have carried out with groups of pupils and guidance on how best to carry out these discussions.  Very shortly I will be uploading another survey carried out by Terry Haydn and Richard Harris.

What helps me to learn

This report, available as a downloadable file below, offers a short snapshot of what pupils typically say about history. The findings are fairly generic but still useful to feed discussions at departmental meetings about personalised learning .

The pupil voice

This short section gives a few examples of the types of insight that pupils can offer when you take the trouble to interview them.  Of course, pupil interviews are only

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