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As an extension of my Listen and Learn meetings I’ve arranged to meet with four primary 7 pupils (12 year olds) and four secondary first year pupils (13 year olds). Over the next four weeks I will carry out one meeting in each of our six school clusters (secondary school and associated primary schools).
The focus of the meetings will be to explore in more depth the type of learning that children experience in upper primary school and lower secondary school. We have recently surveyed the opinion of every P6 and S2 child in East Lothian on a range of topics. One of the key differences was how children perceived the extent to which they enjoyed the learning experience. On average 84% of primary 6 children found lessons to be interesting, whilst only 52% of secondary 2 children found lessons interesting. I wanted to drill into this in more depth to find out if the difference was due to any significant qualitative differences in what they experience or whether or not the difference was simply down to adolescence, i.e. the “Kevin effect”?
I’ll be reporting my findings to each cluster and collating any general findings at the end of the process. I completed two meetings this week and the results have been fascinating!