This year, we have launched our first cross-curricular Research Group, where teachers from across the academy have come together to read and discuss educational research.
Following a successful application for a Future Learning research grant through SSAT, we are now launching our pilot project with Year 7 students to investigate the impact of develop students’ metacognitive skills in line with the following key recommendations:
- Provide space for students to practice skills – and to fail. Focus on creating a culture which recognises that mastery takes time and that failure is part of the journey.
- Ensure that students have the opportunity to structure their own learning – to explore, create and work out how to reach the end goal. This can be done in small ways day-to-day in lessons as well as through long-term collaborative projects. Use curriculum time creatively to give students opportunities to immerse themselves in collaborative projects.
- Allow time for students to reflect on their own learning, to identify what helped them to progress and what hindered them. Highlight the importance in using past mistakes to support future progress.
Our pilot project will see the launch of The Cog Collectors, an initiative that seeks to teach students a series of strategies (using resources from The Learning Scientists http://www.learningscientists.org/) that supports their understanding of how to learn effectively. Students will be collecting these strategies – their ‘cogs’ – from different subjects, and then be striving to apply them to their everyday learning. Once students have been taught the strategies and begin to apply them, they will be reflecting on which strategies have had the greatest impact, supporting them to make decisions about their future learning and future practice.
Students who engage best with the strategies will be featured in a short story titled The Cog Collectors; this story will narrate the adventures of a group of Broadway Academy students as they discover the most effective ways to learn.
Stay tuned for further updates!