Assessment Week — w/b 05 June 2017 (Foundation, Level 1, Level 1+) Festival Week — w/b 12 June 2017 (Foundation, Level 1, Level 1+, Level 2)
Dear Parents, Carers and Guardians,
As we ready ourselves and our students for two of the most exciting and challenging events of the year—Assessment Week and Festival Week—we’d like to take this opportunity to ensure you are informed regarding the events taking place.
Letters have been sent out regarding both weeks; the Assessment Week letter went out via post on Friday 19 May, and the Festival Week letter was handed out to students during House Time on Monday 22 May. For your convenience, these letters have also been uploaded to the Letters section of our website.
As referenced in the Assessment Week letter, the resources for Assessment Week can be found under the Examinations section of our website.
Please note that the letter for Festival Week requires parental consent for off-site visits during the week. We highly recommend that parents provide their consent for these visits, in order to best support their child(ren)’s learning.
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
Written by year 7 students at The UCL Academy. This is a story book based on personal interviews and in some cases, internet based research. This was part of a Humanities unit which involved students learning about past and present migration and refugee movements.