Friday is my day for gifting something back to the online community. Today, a primary display policy.
This policy is the culmination of a number of meetings and discussions that have taken place in school around the subject of display. There are some great resources to support display, for example, Belair On Display – The Essential Guide to Primary Display.
However, we were looking for a display policy that reflected our own school values.
The discussions that went into creating the policy were really interesting. Here are 5 things I learned from our time together discussing display.
1: Why display?
First impressions are important in life. Display and classroom environment can be used to communicate our expectations of behaviour, our expectations of work standards and most importantly, the learning that has been taking place in our classrooms.
2: Framed, draped or plain?
Why do we frame work? Do we need to mount and double mount everything? Mounting work to frame it helps the standard of presentation especially when work is going to be displayed in a high traffic area of school. However, it isn’t necessary to mount everything and a working wall is less likely to be updated regularly if teachers are constrained by the need to frame every piece of work.
3: Should all displayed work be of a high standard?
What do we mean by a ‘high standard’? If we mean should all displayed work show learning that has taken place then “yes”. If we mean should displayed work only be from pupils with perfect handwriting who work in the top group in the class, then “no”. The standard of the work is defined by the standard of learning that took place.
A walk around our school demonstrates a range of ideas for display. It has been possible however to arrive at a nucleus of points upon which we all agree. Agreeing the “All our dislays feature…” and “Every classroom has…” sections of our display policy was where the majority of discussion took place.
Not everybody has the same natural eye for laying out a display. There are some great websites offering advice about primary display, some of which are linked to in our display policy above. Hopefully though we are generating a climate where teachers feel comfortable asking colleagues for ideas or assistance. ‘Magpieing’ ideas from colleagues is a compliment and does not constitute theft.