Developing confidence to understand identity – working with Year 11 disaffected students in an ESC

Created by Stephen Hoult

What was the Educational Support centre trying to achieve? 

The teaching groups often change as students join and others leave as their behaviour prohibits them from learning in a group situation. The students are taking nine months to complete a full GCSE course in Art and Design being taught in groups of five. Initially the learners were resistant to learning and saw little value in their work, often tearing work up. Homework was never undertaken. Behaviour was poor and supervision required consistently. The purpose of the project therefore was to enable students to produce work they were proud of, develop their self esteem and value their own work. The focus of the project was the new Secondary Curriculum’s aim of developing ‘successful learners and confident individuals’. This was to be accessed through art and design teaching...

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