Michaela project – based on the Michaela school in Brent.
A variety of techniques used, however the basis is a set of very clear rules that everyone adheres to, and all actions have consequences. Boris Johnston was impressed, so it must be good!
- merits /demerits used.
- Folded arms unless working
- Absolute silence everywhere
- 100% responsibility – no such thing as an accident
- Centrally planned booklets for work
- Narrow curriculum which is fact-based
Merit / de-merit system – Aim: to maximise productivity. Two classes – one project Michaela, the other not.
Rules clearly shared – any breaking of rules results in a de-merit.
Merits given for – good answers, excellent classwork, good performance in tests
De-merits – anything that takes away from the focus of the lesson
3 demerits – behaviour point and detention
3 merits – achievement
Findings: Productivity increased. Amount of achievement points went up. Test scores went up. As boys are rather fond of knowing a set of rules they really seem to respond well to this set up.
Worth a try?