At the start of this new academic year, it is my mission to listen to our students and use their views to shape learning in our school. We have always had a strong student voice in relation to our commitment to Round Square and student leadership but we have never asked what it is like to be a student here at the Regents from an academic perspective.
Over the coming weeks I will be making a video asking our students questions about their learning experiences and how accessible our curriculum is to them. This video will then be presented to our staff on Tuesday 25th November during one of our professional development sessions. This is a brave move and, as a staff, we are ready to accept the answers we find as we explore a deeper understanding of our students learning needs and styles. We accept that the students will identify areas which they like and areas they would like to change and this is the reason for asking the questions. As positive role models, it is important that our students view the teaching staff as a group of active learners who are willing to listen and respond to feedback as this is the expectation we place on them every day.
This is an exciting project and I will be looking for willing volunteers from our student body over the coming weeks. As reflective practitioners, I believe we must listen and use the voice of our students to continue our journey, taking Regents from being a good school to a great school.
Paul McConnell, Deputy Head of Secondary