Learn to…Learning Set Mediation for students

The purpose of these resources is to support tutors, teachers and above all learners to resolve conflicts that occur within Learning Sets through the use of Interpersonal Small Group Mediation strategies.

The Purpose of Learning Set Mediation for students:
Learning Set’s are dynamic group structures designed to engineer and facilitate both learning and social relationships. The three principles of:
1: 6 in number;
2: Heterogeneous in character (diversely mixed);
3: Sustained overtime;
have the potential to either enable high functioning learning and social relationships or low functioning learning and social relationships. To enable the desired outcome of the Learning Set relationships must be nurtured by all 7 members of the Learning Set; the 6 students and the 1 tutor.

As with any group, problems and issues concerning relationships can emerge and if unresolved can evolve into corrosively negative group relations. The key therefore is to enable the successful resolution of substantive, communication and relational problems as they emerge.

Vigilance, swift action and mediation on the part of the tutor can enable the group to locate the causes, course and consequences of the problem or issue and with this foster healthier Learning Set relationship.

By empowering learners themselves to undertake the process we increase interdependence and the skills needed for sustainable collaboration.

Session 1: Conflict Resolution

Session 2: Communicating in a conflict

Session 3: Communication for resolution

Session 4: To follow

Session 5: To Follow
Image-2Learning Set Mediation document to be printed out and used by mediators to record the process. Click here for a copy. 

Learning Set Mediation

The purpose of this guide is to support tutors in resolving conflicts within Learning Sets through Interpersonal Small Group Mediation strategies.

The Purpose of Learning Set Mediation:
Learning Set’s are dynamic group structures designed to engineer and facilitate both learning and social relationships. The three principles of:
1: 6 in number;
2: Heterogeneous in character (diversely mixed);
3: Sustained overtime;
have the potential to either enable high functioning learning and social relationships or low functioning learning and social relationships. To enable the desired outcome of the Learning Set relationships must be nurtured by all 7 members of the Learning Set; the 6 students and the 1 tutor.

As with any group, problems and issues concerning relationships can emerge and if unresolved can evolve into corrosively negative group relations. The key therefore is to enable the successful resolution of substantive, communication and relational problems as they emerge. Vigilance, swift action and mediation on the part of the tutor can enable the group to locate the causes, course and consequences of the problem or issue and with this foster healthier Learning Set relationship.

A Learning Set’s success is in direct correlation with the strength of the Learning Set’s relationship.

The Product of Learning Set Mediation:

The long term goal is to enable students to better negotiate their own solutions to substantive, communication and relational problems. Students need to recognise that the relationship of the group is the responsibility of every member. Through modelling and interventions such as Learning Set Mediation, students can come to be ever more self-regulating, aware of how to negotiate their way through the complexities of learning and social relationships. Within this process the Learning Set’s tutor plays a key role.

Learning Set Mediation involves:

  • Voluntary participation (all members of the Learning Set agree to it)
  • Face-to-face discussions between the parties in conflict facilitated through the tutor as mediator
  • An unbiased mediator who helps those involved to understand each other’s point of view and come to an agreement
  • Equal opportunities for all participants to speak and explain their perspective
  • All relevant information being shared openly by all participants
  • A shared agreement between the parties
  • Revisiting the agreement to ensure application and resolution  

 

To access the Learning Set Mediation Guide and Toolkit CLICK HERE

Learn to… Sessions

The Learn to… Programme has been developed with the aim to induct all Foundation students into their Learning Set, raising their awareness about the unique nature of learning collaboratively within their Learning Set.

This programme has been informed by ongoing research, undertaken within the Academy, into Leaning Set relations and group dynamics, and has been shaped in particular by
1: the importance of positive Connected Collaborative Communication
2: the importance of equality in power obtained through generosity of Knowledge Understanding and Skills

The principles behind the Programme as it is laid out below are:
1: the programme is facilitated weekly by the tutor and just their Foundation Learning Set
2: the programme is presented on a single information slide to be displayed each week during the session
3: the programme is facilitated over 12 weeks
4: pre assessment of communication skills is used to measure progress in Connected Communication across the Programme
5: an end of programme assessment will determine progress in relation to Connected Communication and an understanding of learning collaboratively as a Learning Set
6: the Programme is certificated, through a Graduation held in January, once successfully completed by all members of the Learning Set.

The Programme is supported through the Learning Platform and enhanced within the classroom due to the use of Lanyard Cards. Every student will be issued with a Connected Communication Lanyard Card and a pack of Collaborative Learning Role cards for each Learning Set. use of such is to be supported by all teaching staff within the directed and self-directed curriculum.


Session 1

Session 1: Connected Communication Pre Assessment sheet for teachers. Print this out, make notes on it and use it to grade individual students communication skills.

Please label with tutor id and pass these grade sheets to RGR (Mr Gratton).

Session 2: Connected Communication Lanyard Cards

Tutors will be provided with a card for each of their tutees. This card is to be worn on the lanyard and should be discussed during todays Learn to… session (see below).

The physical Lanyard Card can be collected from your Head of House.

Connected Communication Lanyard Cards can be found below:

Session 3: the distinctive features of your Learning Set

Session 4: learning because of your Learning Set

Session 5: respectful talk and communication

Session 6: sharing your thoughts about your Learning Set

Session 7: generosity

Session 8: Reflecting on an Exit Point

Session 9: What is the purpose of learning in our Learning Set? 

 

Session 10: What does leadership look like within our Learning Set?

Session 11: Has your Learning Set communication changed?

Your tutor will use this sheet to grade your discussions during this Learn to… session.
Link to the grading sheet
All sheets are to be given to the Head of House and then on to Mr gratton.