This month we've been running an engaging schools blog series, sharing shocking statistics on disengagement, talking about what it takes to be an engaging school, what sort of culture, what values are needed. But what do schools that engage students look like in practice? We've worked with several schools that are doing a great job of engaging students and some of these will be sharing their learning at our Engaging School conferences (see below for more details).
Matthew Moss High School is a secondary school in an area of deprivation in Greater Manchester. Despite having above an above average proportion of students eligible for Free School Meals, it consistently outperforms all schools in the area for proportions of students not NEET post-16.
Matthew Moss became involved in the Learning Futures programme in 2009. In order to engage its students, the school took a radical approach to learning, with support from the Learning Futures team. The ‘My World’ curriculum, a student-centred programme developed as part of Learning Futures takes place in year 7.
Matthew Moss’s most recent OFSTED inspection singled out its Learning Futures intervention for praise, writing that it ‘excites and encourages students to take responsibility for their learning and impacts significantly on their ability to develop independent learning skills as well as to develop a passion for learning.’
‘This is a good school where a vibrant learning culture is focused sharply on the development of independent learning skills and the development of a strong aspirational culture. Students, especially at Key Stage 3, respond with enthusiasm and delight to this emphasis. This was aptly summarised by the comment of one student: “You really enjoy learning here; I can't wait to get to school to start. You learn to think for yourself and with others.”.’ OFSTED report 2010
Matthew Moss are going to be joining us at our flipped conference in Manchester to share the secrets to their success. They'll be presenting and holding an informal Q&A so come along and learn more about how they solve the problem of disengagement.
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