Carmel, Carol and eight students
Carol: Thanks for coming today, we have asked you to come back because we want to find out how well you thought the sessions worked.
Question 1: Did you enjoy the sessions? Mark 1 to 5 where 5 is good.
Good and fun sometimes we argued.
Question2: how many sessions did you attend?
Question 3: What did you get out of it? (Written answers)
I don’t know
A different view on different topics
Realised more about stuff
Think more about people who I spend my time with.
Learned things debating confidence
L (girl): I’m more cautious about my surroundings. I’m more aware of what I’m going to do I used to not care about stuff. I think about things more, what I spend my time with.
A (boy): I think about positive and negative consequences.
S1 (girl): I used to kill spiders but I don’t anymore.
S2 (girl): I came because I want to show support for you miss.
Carol: You have well established beliefs already don’t you.
S2 (girl): I know my own opinion. Because I don’t know people here it is hard to talk, I feel a bit awkward.
Carol: Did anyone else find it awkward?
H (girl): because you don’t know everyone.
L (girl): And you don’t want to disclose.
H (girl): I’m very self-conscious.
Carol: How did other people feel about sharing?
A (boy): I was ok.
C (girl): I did.
Carol: Did you feel you had enough time to talk?
General comments all at the same time: Sometimes –some people kept going on – people were interrupting – I had a good point but the subject had moved on.
Carol: We should make sure everyone gets heard. Was I too dominating? Everyone addressed me instead of each other. What would make it better?
S2 (girl): Pick a topic then do a debate like a court case.
L (girl): Sounds geeky.
S2 (girl): Can we get badges?
General comments about stickers, certificates, badges, prefects
Question 4: What skills have you learnt? (Written answers)
Learning to take other people’s thoughts and to take them into consideration.
I did but I then lost my confidence and they sort of went away.
I was less confident going against people’s opinion but now I’m not and I talk more. Confidence, Listening, More talk.
Listening to other people’s opinions.
Question 5: It make me think more deeply.
Question 6: Did you find anything difficult to talk about? (written answers)
Yes sexual stuff
No I didn’t but I might struggle now
No not really a bit with pornography
Yeh, kind of, porn, sex stuff
The one about porn because we were different age groups, different beliefs
L (girl): That time thing
S2 (girl): I hated that.
L (girl): I think the girls should have done the boys and the boys the girls. I wish I could see inside a boy’s head.
Carol: Boys can seem immature because physically they are two years behind.
Carol: Would it have been better if you had a less opinionated teacher? I know I have strong opinions.
S2 (girl): You are a cool teacher.
General comments: I only come because of you. We do fun stuff. We like your lessons.
Carol: As you get older you realise you don’t know it all.
Someone? : Boys have different opinions and you learn more.
A (boy): I all boys only get the same opinion we would all think the same.
Question 7: Was it fun?
|1 No fun||2||3||4||5 Really fun|
General comments about how to make the group cool next year – designer glasses for the group! – having a debating club. Debating is cool.
Question 8: What do you want to discuss next year? (written answers)
Death penalty x3
Judgement / Judgemental x3
Bullying, picking on people x4
What’s banta, what’s offensive x5
Under age pregnancy x4
Teacher-student boundaries x2
How we treat special needs people in school, should they be treated differently x4
Animal cruelty x2
Should you get paid to go to school?
Judging people by looks
Tax Credits, benefits, welfare state x2
Should you get the vote in prison?