In a challenging academic year, a group of Moray teachers have committed to collaborating to share best practice, resources, and ideas to deliver an impactful YPI experience.
The idea was formed by Lossiemouth High School teacher Paul Ferrier and facilitated by the local YPI Regional Facilitator. As part of The Wood Foundation’s commitment to professional learning and collaboration, we are delighted to facilitate and learn from this group of practitioners.
Paul has led YPI in the school since he joined in August 2019, having previously been involved with programme delivery at Tain Royal Academy.
This year, the school forewent its usual charity fair and Paul launched the programme using the new YPI resource. Despite being unable to meet charities face-to-face, and facilitating a virtual final, Paul is adapting the process in a way that ensures the 14-week programme of activity is a memorable, impactful experience for students.
“This year has been a real challenge for everyone in every walk of life. Covid-19 has created a great deal of uncertainty both in education and in life beyond it. That is why I felt that it was important to share my plans with other teachers. From discussing ideas, we can learn from each other and use ideas which we would never have come up with otherwise.
“I think that YPI is a very important and enriching programme which our young people and the wider community really benefit from in multiple ways. Because of this, I was very keen for it to run as easily and efficiently as possible.
“By engaging our young people, we create a positive, collaborative environment with an end goal which they are driven to achieve. What has been clear to me is that collaboration has never been more important in this ever-changing climate. As teachers, we want the best for our young people and only through collaborating and sharing ideas can we make this a reality at present.”
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