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Learning conference for students

28 June 2011

About 100 primary age pupils will take part in special event at Fort Regent next week that’s designed to give them extra motivation to do well at school.

The year 5 pupils will be attending a Student Learning Conference on Thursday 30 June led by Di Pardoe, a renowned UK educationalist. The 1 day event starts with an address by Ms Pardoe who will help the children identify their hopes for the future. The next step is to stimulate them to consider how to achieve their goals and what, if anything, they can start doing now.

The conference is the third of its kind to take place in Jersey and follows 2 similar events successfully staged in previous years. Sarah Johnson, Professional Adviser for Schools, has received extremely positive feedback from previous participants, who found the conferences valuable and memorable.

“It provides an opportunity for students to understand explicitly what good learning looks like, its importance and how they are empowered to be in charge of their own learning,” explained Mrs Johnson. “It is an enjoyable, unusual event that really makes them think about what they do at school and how they can get more out of their time in class. It also helps them to meet contemporaries from other schools and hear what they might be doing differently.”

During the day the pupils, from years 5 and 6, will hold a ‘marketplace’ to promote what good learning looks like in their own schools. Each group will set up a stall with tables and display boards explaining their school’s approach to learning. Pupils will then circulate around the stalls gleaning good ideas to take back to their own schools. The participants have to prepare a school or class assembly to share what they have learnt with their classmates.

The primary school pupils will be joined by Year 7 students from Les Quennevais and students from Highlands College who get involved and help out on the day.

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