iLearn engages pupils in a conversation about personalised learning. This approach to learning develops around the unique abilities and interests of individual pupils, while still adhering to the school curriculum.
Primary and secondary pupils form teams of special advisers, chosen as cross-sections of their school communities. In a series of workshops, they are asked about what hinders or assists their own learning, looking at five practical ideas for personalised learning, and identifying which idea would most help them to learn. They are briefed on how to conduct the survey with other pupils, extending the pool of research within their schools. The pupil teams report back on how ideas are received by peers.
The majority of pupils respond positively, and are pleased to have the opportunity to express their opinions about how they would like to learn. The most popular idea, The Legacy Project, encourages pupils to leave their mark on the school in a positive way, helping to establish more of a connection with their schools and fellow classmates. Pupils are also asked to introduce their own ideas. For example, many pupils would like to see more active lessons, in sports as well as practical activities in other classes.
“Of course learning is important. Without learning, you don’t know anything. And without knowledge, how can you take part in the world?”
“Thank you for taking notice in how we are learning and for letting us have our say”.
“This has helped me think about how I want things to be”.
“You can’t take in all the information if you are stressed. It would affect your learning. If you feel good about yourself, you will learn”.
iLearn helps pupils understand how to improve their own learning techniques, whilst increasing engagement between young learners and teaching staff. The programme was commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills.