Pupil Dialogue

Improving LAC’s educational performance at a Bradford school Looked after children consistently fail to perform in school and the Every Child Matters agenda has identified raising their attainment levels as a priority. This programme looks at some of the initiatives being pioneered by Hanson School in Bradford, West Yorkshire, to improve the educational performance of looked after children. Central to the school’s approach is a continuing dialogue with the pupils.
The programme follows one such pupil, Adam, as the barriers to an improved educational performance are identified and, hopefully, removed. Teachers, senior leadership and support staff talk about the strategies they can deploy to improve Adam’s attendance and motivation, focusing on his inability, for instance, to attend Business Studies lessons. We see how an electronic Personal Education Plan or E-PEP can include the pupil voice, allowing pupils to express themselves away from school and in one to one sessions where they may feel constrained to speak.

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