Yvonne McBlain from the Curriculum Support team is working with groups of pupils and their teachers to create the pupil version of Learning to Achieve, Falkirk’s education policy. Christine Snedden and Yvonne have been working with pupils and pupil council members for a while, to create the draft version of this policy. Groups of teachers and their pupils have now volunteered to turn this text document into something digital like a video or animation. John Chalmers primary 5 class at Grange Primary brainstormed ways that they could bring each bullet point to life. Click here to see some of their initial ideas – most groups thought about making drama performances which could be filmed. The animation club run by Sarah Ritchie at Bonnybridge Primary spent most of an afternoon coming up with ideas for animations which could bring each bullet point to life. Click on the photos to take a closer look at their initial ideas. Yvonne was very impressed by the way all of the pupils began this task – they quickly understood the message and content of the policy text in the document and made very clever judgements about how best to get their message across to fellow pupils. When these ideas are turned into a digital multi-media policy, the senior pupil council have suggested that this is shared with all pupils and staff working in education services at a launch assembly in every school, sometime in October.
A small group of primary and secondary pupil council members are working with Yvonne McBlain and Christine Snedden from the Curriculum Support team to decide what the pupil version of Learning to Achieve should be. With the help of pupil council co-ordinators and other staff in schools, they have great plans to create this policy as a video production. They are hoping to involve as many pupils as possible from across Falkirk council in the making of the video. They also have great ideas for how the video could be launched across our authority. Everyone invovled in this sub-group is hoping that this policy will really make a difference in all of our schools and centres.