What students think of questioning, feedback, independence and challenge

Shaun Allison

Shaun Allison is Deputy Head at Durrington High School, a large and successful comprehensive school on the south coast of England. He leads on teaching and learning, CPD and the use of data across the school.

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Durrington High School has a student-led CPD scheme where students take teachers for a tour around the school and identify aspects of the classroom environment which they think either aid or distract from learning. This week, students were asked their opinion on actual teaching practices - their honest responses are a rare insight for effective CPD.

Earlier in the week I had met and briefed our Student Leadership Team on what we as teachers were focusing on this year – The Big 4: Questioning, Feedback, Independence and Challenge.

They were then charged with thinking about and coming up with examples of good practice in these areas, based on their own classroom experiences.

As usual, they did a brilliant job. Below is a record of their thoughts.

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