Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Baraza Update Autumn Term

Settling In - Year 7 
8th September
Students liked being introduced to new places and felt being given a tour by their mentor was really helpful
They felt the school didn’t feel crowded
The older students were really helpful
Going to lunch earlier was really positive as it allowed them to have more time to eat their lunches
Would like which lunch time they are on to be clearer
Action: Create posters to go up in student areas
They would like more activities to do at lunch time
Action: Tennis balls and table tennis bats and balls to be replenished.
Students really like the canteen food and enjoy the boxes of fruit and pretzels.

Settling In –Years 8&9
Year 9 like having smaller classes and are enjoying their options lessons although they are not always easy.
Students would like to go out of school to get food at lunch
Response: Not possible as there are few shops nearby
Students would like lunches to be split so they could be in year groups.
Response: This would be reviewed after half term but with three year groups splitting into two lunches this couldn’t happen every day
Although students like OOSHL they felt it should be optional rather than compulsory
Response: A questionnaire is to be completed by all students over the next few weeks.
Would like to use mentor rooms at break and lunch time
Response: Not really possible as lessons are being set up during break and during lunch times there will still be half the school in lessons.
Pupils would like more colourful planners
Action: when next year’s planners are put together student leaders should be involved in the planning.
Students asked about increasing the number of OOSHL choices
Response: Mrs Allton is now in charge of OOSHL and is looking into a wider range of activities including inviting in outside agencies.
Student Services 22nd September
Really like how helpful and supportive the Student Services staff are
Would like to have lost property in Student Services
Action: Mrs Brake to raise this as an issue at the Operations Meeting
Feedback: Ops felt there was too much lost property to keep in Student Services but felt that it should be stored in a place that was accessible to students at break and lunchtime
Students would like to be able to buy basic equipment from Student Services
Action: Mrs Campbell to investigate how feasible this is.
It would be a good idea to put up notice boards close to Student Services
Response: new notice boards are already ordered and the large TV screens can be used for notices as well
Student Leadership 29th September
They enjoyed the trip to Dol-y-Moch last year and would like to go again
Response: This is all planned and the places will be allocated to those students who show a commitment to student leadership
Students really enjoyed the Big Bang Show, the British Legion trip and preparing the food for the Film Festival
In 2016 we completed the Clean for the Queen and students would like to do this again.
Response: will look into this being part of our community service
Regular student leadership meetings are important
Action: place regular meetings into the calendar
It was suggested that year 7 students should be apprentice student leaders
Students would like to be leaders in a number of new areas including:
Engineering, Product Design, Business Studies, OOSHL leaders and eco-leaders
Response: Teachers will be asked to support these new areas of student leadership in the new year
New activities were suggested for student leadership and these included:
Teacher dance off, bake-off competition, activity week, fancy dress competition, Macmillan Coffee Morning

Catering Baraza 5th October
Favourites include the bagels and sandwiches although some students did not want salad in them
Action: some sandwiches prepared without salad
Students really like the fruit pots and the oranges are really enjoyed. They asked if they could have bananas
Action: more bananas to be ordered each week
There is a really good choice of main meals and they enjoy the roast dinners and traditional puddings like rice pudding
Although there is enough space to eat the queues are sometimes quite long
Response: the queues will speed up as the year 7 students become more familiar with the system also all the thumb prints system is being updated and this will make it faster
The break items are popular and they would like them before school
Action: Catering staff will make more available before school and monitor the sales

Marking and feedback 12th October
How does homework help students to learn?
Response: Scientifically proven that if you go over something you have learnt then it helps it stick more effectively
Like Science homework tasks as it helps you learn more about the topic being covered
It was felt that homework tasks should not just be a wordsearch and be planned to really help students learn
Some students find it hard to record homework in their planners and asked that staff gave them more time to write it in.
It was felt that there should be no more than two pieces of homework per subject per week
Response: most subjects would only set one
Homework should not be set for the following day
Action: staff are to be reminded that this should not be the case
Students want clear feedback about their work that is received closer to when work is completed
Would like to use Google Classroom rather than Frog
Response: Frog is set up with information and links about all subjects

OOSHL  (Out of School Hours Learning)
Like the new compulsory one OOSHL per week and is better than before
Would like more music OOSHL options and to be able to use the music practise rooms
Response: a new Head of Music is recently in place and is looking to expand Music choices especially once the Showcase is over
Students enjoy the PE OOSHL activities and would like more of them. They suggested Danish Long Ball. They also asked for more fixtures against other schools.
Action: Mrs Allton will speak to the PE Department about the OOSHL offer but recognises that there is a limited number of spaces that can be used in the winter months. Outside groups will also be coming in on Mondays to offer additional clubs such as CCFC and Coventry Bears.
Rewards 6th November
They like receiving vouchers as a reward but asked for a choice rather than just Amazon
Response: we can think about this but it would mean a further delay as students would have to choose
Year 9 students felt they didn’t get as many stickers as in year 7 and 8.
Action: teachers to be reminded to give out more stickers to year 9
They would like a reward trip at the end of the year for high AtL
Response: this is already being discussed for Summer 2018
Students suggested a laminated card to show that they have Trustee Status and if they received Cs then there could be crosses made on the card.
The SSCOS is really enjoyed and they asked if there could be more events like this
Response: we are looking at more venues to use for assemblies and events such as Edward’s Keep
Some more suggestions for rewards were suggested including missing lessons
Response: this would mean missing learning time and could lead to students getting behind. The Gold menu is being reviewed and students will be involved in choosing new activities
Students who get beyond World Class should get a reward
Response: we are looking at the possibility of star students from each college who could access a reward trip in the Summer Term


Baraza Update Autumn Term

Settling In - Year 7  8th September Students liked being introduced to new places and felt being given a tour by their mentor was reall...