Working and Not Working from different perspectives


Summary of this person-centered thinking tool

This can be used in different ways to identify where things are working well and where things need to be different (not working) by looking at an issue from different perspectives. It can include the views of a number of people while remembering that the pupil is at the centre. It gives us:

  • a snapshot of how things are now
  • an opportunity to acknowledge what is working well
  • a clear way of highlighting what needs to be different, to build into actions.

Working and not working from different perspectives

Benefits for pupils

  • To learn what is working and not working for the pupil – about a subject in particular, or about school life generally.
  • Could be done as an activity in form/class time to review what pupils think about school life and their performance.
  • Can be used with a one-page profile to agree actions, for example individual time with a teacher.
  • Can be used as a whole-class activity as a review process.
  • As a way of discovering what needs to be put in place at times of transition from one class or school to another.
  • As a way to gather different perspectives and views, for example in parents’ evenings or Person-Centred Reviews.
  • As a way for school councils to reflect on issues, for example, gathering pupils’ views to inform the school development plan.
  • As a way of reviewing additional provision in school from the child’s perspective, for example for a termly Individual Education Plan (IEP) review.
  • To gain an understanding of the pupil’s perspective if they are distressed in school to develop a targeted plan to support them.

Benefits for parents

  • To contribute their perspectives on issues or their child’s progress, for example in parents’ evenings, or Person-Centred Reviews.
  • Can be used as a way to consult parents on an issue – by asking them what they think is currently working and not working and to plan actions with them.

Benefits for school staff and teams

  • Can be used in staff meetings to look collectively at what is working and not working about a situation or issue from different perspectives.
  • Useful in one-to-one sessions, performance management meetings or supervision sessions to look at what is working from the staff and their manager’s perspectives.
  • To gather the staff members’ views to inform the school development plan.

Benefits for others

  • As a way for everyone to reflect on the school’s mission and values and find out what is working and not working about how they are implemented within the school, from a range of perspectives.
  • To review progress on the school development plan.