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What is Pupil Conferencing?

Pupil conferencing is embedded in a child-centred learning philosophy, where individuals identify barriers to their progress.


This powerful discussion then informs actions that promote positive outcomes for personalised learning for children, with a strong emphasis on moving learning forward.


At Heronswood Primary we firmly believe that children make accelerated progress when they have independence and ownership of their learning.  As part of this ongoing process, we encourage children to look for ways to improve their own learning by reflecting on what they have achieved.  We take great pride in developing children’s resilience, reflectiveness and resourcefulness when enabling children to ‘unlock learning’.    


What does conferencing look like in our school?

Conferencing regularly takes place across the school from Reception to Year 6.  Teachers plan opportunities for these powerful, meaningful discussions.    Discussions may be supported by a teacher, teaching assistant or peer and predominantly in KS2, initiated by the child. 


  • Early Years – 1-1 approach with an adult using a picture stimulus of the child at work.

  • Key Stage 1 – Discussions are initiated by the child and conferenced by adults or older children in the school.

  • Lower Key Stage 2 – Children develop a deeper understanding of themselves as a learner and enjoy opportunities to reflect on and take ownership of their next learning steps.

  • Upper Key Stage 2 – A flexible approach which may involve 1-1, group, peer; including conferencing with peers and younger children.


What are the benefits of pupil conferencing?


Children who are - eager and enthusiastic to further their learning.

Millie Y5/6 BK ‘I thought I wasn’t making progress in maths, but after a conference with Mrs Kingston I realised that I’m not far off achieving a 5C.  The talk we had gave me confidence.  It also helped my mum and dad in understanding what I need to support me in my maths.  My Aunty Sarah, who is a maths teacher has read my conferencing discussion. She is going to help me too in practising some strategies.’



Children who have - a change in their attitude.

Toby in Year 2 has enjoyed conferencing with Edward and Ella from Year 5/6BK.  The older children have supported Toby in his Think Pink! Toby: ‘I like doing my pink marking with Year 5’s.’









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