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Independent learning, resilience and reflection skills

Action research
Two schools have taken some creative approaches to helping their pupils become more independent, resilient and reflective. Alison Willmott reports

Learning monsters, Mistake Mice, a “Dragon’s Den’ in the classroom, and thunks! 

Not programmes from the CBBC schedule, but some of the innovative strategies employed by teachers at two Hertfordshire primary schools as part of their own action-research projects.

Springmead Primary School and The Grove Academy are two of the first primary schools to take part in the Futurelab at NFER Enquiring Schools programme, which encourages teachers to engage in and with educational research. 

The two schools worked with their facilitator to identify enquiry questions and devise success indicators and simple baselines against which evidence of impact could be measured. 

Having looked at the work of evidence-based researchers such as Professor John Hattie and the Sutton Trust, the schools decided that their enquiries would focus on investigating a variety of approaches to help pupils become more independent, resilient and reflective.

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