Why would a school feature curriculum-related information in their student planners?
The world of education is continuously evolving. As a result of this, the role of student planners is also evolving and adapting to offer more and more value to students. There are a number of reasons a school would feature curriculum-related information in their student planner. Here are just a few:
The School Brand
If someone had asked you about your school brand just three or four years ago, you would have probably given them a confused look and politely asked what on earth they are on about. However, in recent years, this concept has developed into a necessity for many schools.
Your school brand is everything about your school that isn’t tangible. It’s not your results, your attendance, or your behaviour records; it’s your school ethos and values. It is who you are and what you stand for. The curriculum you choose to teach is a big part of who you are, and your school brand.
A number of schools use their student planners to help create and extend their school brand. They’re the perfect medium; you can include content that is relevant to the National Curriculum to convey the strength of your school curriculum.
We work with quite a few schools who teach a creative curriculum. This is described and explained in the first few pages of their student planners, which ensures that their curriculum is transparent to parents and carers.
Parents Want To Know
Parental engagement is vital in schools. There is countless research demonstrating how students whose parents engage with the school curriculum outperform those without.
It is also common knowledge that keeping parents engaged can be more than a little difficult, regardless of how enthusiastic they may be.
Feature pages that explain your school’s curriculum can be a great way to involve them from the get-go. It allows them to truly understand your methods and values, and can instil a sense of legitimacy that gives them the confidence to get more involved.
Students Feel More Involved
We all want to create a school environment in which our students feel involved and appreciated. As a teacher, how many times have you been teaching a lesson to be interrupted by a cry of “But why are we even doing this”? As frustrating as this can be, it is also a fair question. Students should know why we teach them what we teach them – if they don’t, they should be entitled to ask.
Students need to understand the education system. They need to know why they are turning up to school every day, and what they are going to get out of it. They need to feel involved.
Featuring information about your curriculum in your student planners gives students ownership of their own education. It helps them to understand why their school has made key decisions in their teaching methods, and why they are being taught what they are being taught.