Listening to the Learner

A discussion about gaining understanding from pupils In May 2007 Teachers TV filmed the lives of four Year 8 pupils at Hove Park Park Secondary School in Brighton. Six leading practitioners watch the films and give their frank opinions on what they feel the films reveal about the importance of gaining a better understanding of the student’s point of view.

They argue that listening more carefully to pupils could help solve some difficult learner problems, that structured dialogues can help them audit their skills and feel more confident about how to progress, and that teachers should be aware that research has shown that with the right support, students can talk about their learning needs in surprisingly sophisticated and helpful ways.

The experts are:
Corinne Franceschi, Deputy Head of Gable Hall School
Phil Beadle, consultant and author
Heather Flint, former Headteacher of Waldegrave School
Tom Barwood, education consultant
Brin Best, education consultant and author
Helen Todd, Edison achievement adviser

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