Promoting engagement with Check & Connect

Karen Stout and Angie Pohl show how pupil engagement can be supported with the Check & Connect programme

THE FIRST ADVICE NEW TEACHERS RECEIVE about managing a classroom is to ensure that all pupils are fully engaged in learning. When children are meaningfully engaged in their learning, they are less likely to display disruptive behaviours, and teachers are able to focus on teaching rather than on discipline. Although engagement can be achieved for all learners, not all are engaged through universal school practices and core teaching. According to the “response to intervention” model of tiered teaching support, educators can expect approximately 80 per cent of their pupils to respond to universal interventions and engage in their learning, while 15–20 per cent require supplemental intervention to do so. Check & Connect is a supplemental pupil engagement intervention intended to complement universal level practices. Check & Connect serves marginalised, disengaged pupils and promotes their engagement at school and with learning.

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October 2012