Pupil Voices: a project by Milton Keynes EMA Network
eal_journal June 11, 2018 0 Comments
Milton Keynes Ethnic Minority Achievement Network was inspired by the Pupil Voices presentation at NALDIC 25, our conference last November, to explore the voices of pupils and teachers in their region. In this post Emily Garratt, EMA Consultant in Milton Keynes, describes the approach they took and the learning it led to.
Note: for safeguarding purposes, we are not able to include clips from the videos in this post. If you would like to know more about the videos, please contact Milton Keynes EMA using the information at the foot of this post.
Milton Keynes is a diverse community; where over 160 languages are spoken in schools and typically 30% of school pupils are of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) heritage. Schools offer excellent provision for these pupils and a range of strategies have been developed to support pupils with English as an additional language (EAL), including those who are newly arrived or ‘beginner bilinguals’. Milton Keynes Council’s EMA Network is a small team providing guidance, support and resources to local schools so that BAME pupils may better access the curriculum and wider school life. One of the team had recently attended a NALDIC conference and was particularly inspired by a school’s presentation of a video in which Yr. 11 students were interviewed. The power of hearing pupils’ voices was immense. So it was decided an effective way to share local good practice would be to ask pupils, their families and teaching staff what their experiences had been and capture their voices on film. A recent seminar proved an ideal opportunity to identify, celebrate and share this film.