Last year Matt Jarmen, one of our teachers looked at using extra-curricular clubs to encourage disadvantaged students to engage in learning. This is his summary.
Can attendance at an after school club break down barriers of learning for PP students?
Generally, I aimed to work with the students already attending the Badminton Club and attempt to break down any barriers and get to know more about them. This allowed me time to Q&A with them on hobbies, areas they find hard at school. The results of this meant I could use feedback to influence how I engaged with them in any encounter in the school.
Summary of what you did to adapt your practice.
I have tried to remember their feedback and use it to allow me to engage with them and aid their learning or development where applicable.
How did you test and review the impact of your research?
Generally, I have found it hard to assess this as some students I have not seen in lessons and others are a one off. For those I have seen, my observations are that they feel less awkward or unhappy to ask questions or get involved. I also know how to push them to get them focused.
Summary of impact so far
Creating positive engagement with students help to break down some barriers with students for both learning and engaging.