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Fix it Friends

One area that seems to always come up in book monitoring by SLT or by Ofsted is the issue of feedback and pupils addressing this feedback. In fact even more so now, teachers addressing the addressing of the initial feedback.

Well, here’s an idea…

Fix it Friends.

At Heathfield, we now have ‘Fix it Time’ where once a week, pupils revisit feedback in their books and do something about it. However, in Year 1 for example many pupils can not read the comments that the teacher leaves. ‘Fix it friends’ are a group of pupils in Year 5 and 6 who are trained up to support younger pupils addressing development points from feedback. For example, a child in Year 1 keeps writing capital letters in the middle of words. The Year 1 teacher addresses this in a comment. During ‘Fix it Time’ a trained ‘Fix it Friend’ sits with the Year 1 child and reads the comment, supports the pupil in locating the error and guides the pupil through writing this word out correctly. Once this is highlighted in the chosen ‘Fix it Colour’ this is now evidenced as a developmental point that has been addressed.

We are trying this at Heathfield an will update on the progress soon.

Image by Chris Downer

October 11, 2012

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  1. Chris @beazeley
    October 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    Nice idea. Applying many things – marking, blogging, etc – to KS1 is often an issue for teachers. It may be a reason or an excuse for why things can’t happen.
    Will suggest this idea to staff

    • mitchell
      October 11, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

      I agree Chris, KS2 pupils are a great resource!

  2. Shabs Cadwallender
    October 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    That sounds like a great idea. We have time each morning for children to go through their ‘Learning Logs’and address feedback etc but to have a critical friend to support them is a fab idea.
    We also run pupil/teacher conferences each Friday and our focus group children engage with the teacher and TA in a very valuable discussion about what learning has been achieved during the week and to set a target for the next.
    I do agree that implementing things in KS1 often takes longer and can be difficult so I may suggest that to staff at our next staff meeting and see what they think. 🙂

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