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Getting off the ground

PSHE. Ages 11 to 14

When setting targets for pupils, there are all manner of forms to complete, which can be unappealing.

I use a simple picture-based approach. I give each pupil a sheet of paper with an outline drawing of an aeroplane on it. There is a box in the sky labelled "Destination", where pupils write what they want to achieve. But they can only get there if the plane is working, so they label the key parts of it (wings, engines, rudder, pilot) with what they are going to do to ensure the plane gets off the ground.

Once pupils have tried out a few ideas, it's easy to transfer them on to the official school paperwork.

Chris Bond teaches English at Warwick School in Warwickshire.

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