How useful is Fagus?

A big thank you to Dr Dawn Watling (Senior Lecturer and Director of the Social Development Lab) and her team from Royal Holloway, University of London, who have recently conducted some independent teacher interviews to evaluate Fagus' usefulness.  Here are some of the research results:

Fagus’ usefulness:

  • Confirmed previous beliefs about a pupils' social and emotional development.
  • Offered a new perspective.
  • Gave a more detailed picture of pupils' social and emotional development.
  • Helped them look past behaviours and delve into underlying causes.
  • The visual checklists, profiles and guides made it easier to identify key areas to focus on.

Fagus as an evidence base:

  • Provided information to other school stakeholders (parents, OfSted, other staff at school etc.).
  • Helped support teachers' previously held beliefs.
  • Confirmed specific targets for a pupil to move them forward.

Fagus to evaluate pupils' social and emotional development:

  • It was noted that teachers felt that Fagus was unique and no other resource helped them measure social and emotional development in the same way.
  • The output of Fagus enabled teachers to bring social and emotional needs of a child to the forefront and helped them check regularly with others on a pupil’s progress.
  • The pupil loved being focused on and enjoyed seeing the positives of their behaviour after setting some measurable goals.

A summary of points from the research - useful if you are employing Fagus for the first time:

  • You do have to invest some time into completing the checklists and reading the guides.
  • The first time you use it, it may take longer.
  • Narrow your focus – choose 1-2 areas to focus on.
  • Don’t be scared of checklists, use your instinct/gut feeling and use the booklets when unsure/for more information.

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