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Learner Voice

DSC_0773Long Road is committed to its Learner Voice policy, which means that we take very seriously comments students make about the College. Students are frequently asked to provide feedback regarding their experiences at the college. The student project is an annual activity where every student has the opportunity to share their experiences with staff.

What did our students say about the college last year?

Applied Science

Students liked their teachers, the text book and the practical work. In particular the AMGEN/Genetics work was especially  enjoyable.

Biology

Students rate the experiments and practicals very highly and enjoy being moved around at the start of the lessons. They find the Learning Objectives very helpful.

Criminology

Students enjoy watching and analysing the real life studies and the research completed independently. The resources on Moodle, the PowerPoints and online text book are particularly useful.

DT

Students found creating the glossary of key subject terminology useful and the feedback on written work. The learning conversations with SMART targets were particularly useful.

Drama

Students enjoyed the improvisations, the group reading, working practically with other students and e-buddy work.

Economics

Students responded to say how interesting the course is because of the links between the theory in the syllabus and the real world. This is  shown by up-to-date and topical real life examples illustrated by the short blog clips and YouTube clips.

English Language and Literature

Students enjoyed the interactive lessons, working in pairs on questions and the structure within each lesson, which provided a different focus each lesson.

English Language

Students liked the summer work, the questionnaire on family language and idiolect, the emagazine and Dan Clayton’s blog

English GCSE

Students reported that they found the lessons fun and engaging, and the induction period was a great way to get to know the course and everyone else.

French

The teacher’s enthusiasm and accessibility outside of lessons was valued, with the variety of activities cited as a strength.

Geography

Students like the new specification and find it well planned and clear. They like the templates, which enable students to write and structure their responses.

Graphics 

Students enjoy learning about Photoshop and the skills required before starting a project. The support on a one-to-one basis is cited as being very helpful.

History

Students were impressed with their teachers’ subject knowledge and the positive and purposeful atmosphere in the class.

Maths

Students found group problem-solving very helpful, and using autograph and DESMOS to visualise situations.

Media Diploma

Students have enjoyed the hands-on approach  to filming and editing and learning how to use Premier-pro.

Music

The feedback on homework, listening exercises, class discussions and quizzes all helped students to learn effectively.

Musical Theatre

Students liked revisiting practical exercises to see how skills have developed over time and the vocal warm ups as they learn how to train their voices correctly. They found the feedback helped them to develop skills and build their confidence.

PE

Students liked class booklets, Moodle,  frequent testing and group activities. They felt there was good communication between teachers and students.

Physics 

Students found the teachers helped them to identify what to do to  improve and that the learning conversations were useful.

Psychology

The Kahoot activities, assessment target record sheets and the essay planning sheets are all found to be helpful.

Politics

Students found the “Pre-chewed” booklets and videos useful and enjoyed the discussions. They found the model paragraphs helpful and liked receiving homework by email.

Religious Studies

Students found the induction activities helpful and enjoyed the paired discussions. Students said that the pre-assessment essay planning and help in understanding the mark schemes helped them to make progress.

Spanish

Students describe the course as an adventure, learning through a variety of topics.

Level 2 Sport

Students find the feedback on written coursework helpful and enjoy the practical learning. They also like the paired work and the fact that staff explain exactly what you need to do to get the best grade possible and create a good bond between staff and student.

Sociology

Students liked the mind maps, the visual aids, Kahoot, booklets, and both class discussions and group discussions. The quick revision each week on key terms was very helpful.

Here are some of the things that we are doing to make learning even better!

Biology students said they would like more dissections and more optional homework, and so we have built this into the planning of the course.

Criminology students found the time management aspect of the controlled assessment particularly challenging, and so we will do more to support students plan their time in the future.

DT students said they wanted help to improve annotation and 3D sketching skills, and so resources have been put in place to achieve this.

Drama students have asked for more practical work and subject plus time that everyone can attend, so there is now more access to the studios and bookable rehearsal time.

Economics students said they felt they needed to do  more exam revision and more practice exam questions, and we will arrange this.

English Language students identified that exam skills and having the time to write was difficult, and we will provide support for this.

History students said they would like more History plans and more “Kahoot”, and we will plan this into the next term of work.

Media Diploma course students asked for more practice in using the software and film equipment, and we will help students to structure their filming sessions before they start to film.  They would like even less paperwork and more digital input and we will endeavour to do this.

Musical Theatre students have requested a checklist of things they are marked on e.g. what is needed to get higher grades. We will do this and publish a timetable for students to book rehearsal space.

In Maths some students have requested even more homework, and we will provide it.

In PE we have increased the number of practicals in the course and the number of recap/weekly quizzes which take place.

In Politics we have increased the focus on answering exam questions and the number of group activities which take place. Some students asked for more homework, so there is now extension homework included in the weekly emails.

In Psychology the flexible use of structured sheets, where we make them available but encourage students to develop their own alternative strategies should they wish, is confirmed as an appropriate method of supporting those who want them while allowing for independence and alternative learning styles and so we will continue to do this. Students said they would like ‘plus time’ to be focused on particular topics, and so each week a different focus will be advertised to students on the whiteboards.

In Religious Studies we will utilise more model answers in class, especially with the help of the new textbook in Ethics and create a quiz at the  End of Topic Question Sheets.

In Sport Level 2 students would like even more team work, more use of Kahoot and more videos, which will be built into the plans over the next term.

In Sociology, students said they would like more terminology overviews and glossaries and more real-life stories, and we will build this into the plans for future topics.

2015

What did our 2015 intake think of the College?

Tanya Jones, head of Lens-Based Media, is also the Learner Voice Co-ordinator. She carried out a survey with new students to find out what their first impressions were of the College.

Students were asked to comment on the atmosphere, lessons, environment, support, IT and their first day in College. Here are some of their remarks:

Atmosphere

“Different from my secondary school. I liked the atmosphere because I felt that I got treated more as an adult.” / “I was very nervous, but because of the friendly atmosphere, I was ok.” / “The general atmosphere at Long Road is very positive. There is no sense of longing to go home ……. I was pleasantly surprised by how nice all the staff seem. Very helpful and there is no talking down as I had anticipated. It seems a healthy place when it comes to how happy everyone is.”

Lessons

“Teachers were very helpful at explaining everything considering the complex nature of 16+ education. I didn’t feel patronised by anyone who I came into contact with. It very much felt as if they were working with me as opposed to forcing me to do things.” / “The lessons are engaging and demanding in a way that challenges me and makes me want to push myself.” / “Interesting activities and I could see the difference between GCSE and A level.” / “It is nice to be in classes where students are behaving.” / “Lessons are fun and teachers supportive – making me feel reassured on the course.”

Environment

“I was impressed by the range of facilities.” / “The environment is nice, clean and quite a change from secondary school, which is good.” / “The campus itself is nice – some care and attention has gone into making it a nice place.”

Support

“The support was good, and my teachers were happy to answer any of my questions (whether they were to do with the lesson or not).” / “It is good that there are workshops for catching up.” / “Long Road has many support sessions in all subjects so the support is there if it is needed.”

IT

“The College IT is up to date. The email system is very useful and helps keep me organised and up to date with any new opportunities.” / “IT is easy to use – the Macs are a new experience but it’s good to learn how to use them.” / “I think that on the IT side, things like Moodle and the college e-mail work really well.”

First Day

“My first day was obviously nerve-wracking, but I really enjoyed it because it was a new experience, and we were given lots of help.” / “I got lost, but one of the pink t-shirt students helped me and then I felt more confident.” / “I found the first day of Long Road hectic but exciting – it was easy to integrate and get used to the systems, and the first lessons we had were the perfect introduction for me.” / “The enrolment day ran very smoothly and wasn’t as much of a scary experience as I thought. The first day was good. I liked all my lessons and teachers. First impressions:-Welcoming/Friendly, Practical. I’m excited to start!”

In summary

“I have really enjoyed the first week at Long Road. I thought every moment of it was great. I love how the lessons are well-structured and entertaining. Everything about it is great.” / “I have a sentence to describe Long Road: ”The work is hard and is plentiful but the atmosphere is so nice and calm that you do it with joy, and the staff are always there to help you.

Tanya comments:

“I would like to thank all the students who took part in this survey. We do take student views very seriously and have carried out further research into students’ needs.

“We will  be carrying our further research throughout the year to see how we can continue to improve our students’ experience of Long Road.”

2014

In  2014 members of the Learner Voice group made this video about life at the College:

2013

In 2013 students were asked to give their first impressions of the College. They produced this video:

2012

In Autumn 2012, students were asked to comment on Teaching, Learning and Tutorial, activities outside the classroom and the college environment. This video was shared with staff and students at the end of the project and summarises the results. Watch by clicking here