Pupil Research Group
Bengeo Research Group (BeRG) is in its second year at the School. It was started by Ms Potts when she was studying for a Master’s degree at Cambridge University. Children in her class were interested in the social research she was doing so she set up the group, giving children a chance to learn research skills and apply them to their own projects.
The aim of the Group is to give Bengeo pupils a say on some of the decisions that affect them in terms of School policy and practice, for example, homework, sports provision, uniform, assemblies, lesson design, etc. With the support of Ms Potts, the children gather the views of other pupils on their chosen topic. They then analyse the results and create a powerpoint report to show to the relevant leaders within the School. All school leaders have made a commitment to listen carefully and to consider the implications of the research when making decisions about their subject. For example, some big changes were made to singing assembly as a consequence of the research, the homework policy was updated to include subjects other than Maths and English, and new books were bought based on pupil preference.
The first group also presented their research to students and academics at Cambridge University. The audience were enormously impressed with the quality of their research and the professionalism with which they presented it. It is hoped that Bengeo Primary will remain a beacon of good practice in this area. Their presentations on singing assembly, genre preference, uniform, dance, homework and social media can be seen here.
The next generation of pupil researchers are currently researching new topics and they now have an additional responsibility which is to research topics given to them by other children or school leaders. Once complete, their work can be seen here.