To what extent do school clubs enhance pupils’ engagement in learning?

The BBC has reported on a Demos study which has revealed the extent to which school projects, such as attending a school club or renovating the school’s garden (for example), can enhance pupils’ engagement levels in the classroom.

The study reported that there was an improvement in the behaviour at school of 45% of pupils from schools that host projects where pupils and teachers work together to achieve a common goal.

It also found that participation in school clubs typically increased pupils’ confidence levels and social skills, whilst also improving teacher-pupil relations.

The research was carried out over the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years in which the think tank set up a range of projects in a selection of schools – from launching a petition to change school uniforms, renovating a garden, supporting Tour de France celebrations and hosting a lunchtime sports club.

Feedback was also collected from pupils about how they thought school clubs had helped them. One pupil said: “[It’s helped with] most things – like my social skills, like interacting with other people. I think I’ve got better with my anger, and like helping out with people.”

Another pupil commented: “I have more confidence talking to people and bringing my ideas out. If I want to say something, I’ll just say it now. [It’s helped me] to speak to other people… teachers. Because you speak differently with friends to how you do with teachers.”

Of course, to achieve this enhanced engagement among your pupils you can organise any such activities, and the list of school clubs that you could host is endless: breakfast club, skipping club, chess club, music club, athletics club, gymnastics club, colouring club….

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Lucy Mister
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