Student feedback

The following feedback information has been generated from Rock and Water courses run for students.


Year 7 and 8 boys

In 2009 a series of fourteen Rock and Water lessons (covering the first five lessons of the programme) were delivered to a group of 29 Year Seven and Eight boys from a decile five boys school. The lessons were delivered over terms two and three. At the conclusion of the programme, evaluations were written by 23 of the boys.

Questions were asked, with the students rating their responses from 1 (No) to 5 (Definitely).

  1. The results are as follows:
    Did you enjoy the course?
    Average of 3.87
  2. Would you recommend the course to others?
    Average of 3.7
  3. Are you better at self-control now?
    Average of 4.04
  4. Do you feel more confident about yourself?
    Average of 4
  5. Did you learn things about yourself?
    Average of 3.96
  6. Do you want to do more Rock and Water? 87% said yes

Unsolicited comments included:

  • "Thank you for teaching us Rock and Water as these skills will help me in life"
  • "Thank you ... I learnt a lot, now I can feel confident and happy walking down an unfriendly street"
  • "Thank you for teaching us our self-control. I really like it. I wish we could do more Rock and Water again"
  • "Thanks for teaching me all these cool things so it would help me in life"
  • "Thank you so much for teaching us Rock and Water. The programme was really cool. You CAN make a difference and bring change"

Year 9 and 10 single sex groups

A course of eight or nine Rock and Water lessons was delivered to Year Nine and Ten students at a decile two college in 2009. Both year groups undertook the lessons as part of their Health curriculum. The lessons were delivered by their PE teacher (who had completed the three-day training in March 2009) and supported by another staff member (RTLB, PE staff).

The lessons were taught in single sex groups, with the college purposefully timetabling two form classes together for Health and PE so that classes could be single sex.

At the conclusion of the course of lessons, written feedback was given from the students. Questions were asked, with the students rating their responses from 1 (No) to 5 (Definitely).

The results are as follows:

  1. Did you enjoy the course?
    Average of 4.15
  2. Would you recommend the course to others?
    Average of 3.9
  3. Are you better at self-control now?
    Average of 3.9
  4. Do you feel more confident about yourself?
    Average of 4.1
  5. Did you learn things about yourself?
    Average of 3.6
  6. Do you want to do more Rock and Water?
    72% said yes

The results are encouraging, especially considering the programme was delivered to Year Tens in Term Three, traditionally a difficult year group and time to introduce anything new and challenging to. It is widely felt amongst the teaching staff at the college that the atmosphere is much calmer this year and there have been very few (none in term three) violent incidents.


Year 11

A programme of Rock and Water exercises and activities was delivered to a form group of Year 11 students. The class consisted of 13 students, supported by two teachers for the day, plus the facilitator Robin Schofield.

The students themselves came from diverse backgrounds and with wide ranging social abilities (a targeted class). The programme was designed to introduce the students to the fundamentals of the Rock and Water programme.

At the end of the day a questionnaire was filled in by the students.

Students had to grade their response according to the following:

1 = No; 2 = Probably not; 3 = Okay; 4 = Yes; 5 = Definitely

The results were as follows:

  1. Did you enjoy the course?
    54% yes, 46% definitely
  2. Would you recommend the course to others?
    8% okay; 46% yes; 46% definitely
  3. Are you better at self-control now?
    16% no; 8% okay; 46% yes; 30% definitely
  4. Do you feel more confident about yourself?
    16% okay; 46% yes; 38% definitely
  5. Did you learn things about yourself?
    8% probably not; 46% yes; 46% definitely
  6. Would you like to do more Rock and Water?
    100% responded "yes".
  7. Would you like to help with year nine courses next year?
    60% yes, 40% no.

The students were also asked to write down ‘What did you enjoy most?’ and gave the following responses:

  • Games
  • Punching and kicking (x5)
  • Everything (x5)
  • Self defence
  • Chinese boxing.

Year 9 mixed class

A series of fourteen one-hour Rock and Water lessons were delivered on a weekly basis to a year nine form class (approximately 28 students) over terms Two and Three of 2008. The class was mixed sex, with the programme supported by the form teacher who attended the three-day Rock and Water training in March 2008.

Students filled in a questionnaire at the start of the course and at the conclusion. Twenty six responses were collated. Students responded to the questions with grades from 1 to 10.

The results were as follows:

  MALE
            FEMALE
   
  Pre-course
Post-course Change         Pre-course Post-course Change

How confident are you at standing up to bullies?

6.88

8.00

1.12

 

 

 

 

5.6

7.73

2.13
How good and confident do you feel about yourself at school?
7.19
8.27 1.08
        5.9
7.45
1.55
How confident are you at resolving or preventing a fight?
6.19
6.93
0.74
        5.9
7.55
1.65
How happy are you with yourself?
7.88
8.80
6.9
        6.9
7.45
0.55












The students were also asked to respond to a number of questions where they could grade their answers as follows: 1 = No; 2 - Probably not; 3 = Okay; 4 = Yes; and 5 = Definitely. All results have been rounded to the nearest percentage point. The results were as follows:

  1         2         3         4         5

Did you enjoy the course?

1
(4%)

 







0









7
(29%)









14
(54%)









4
(15%)
Would you recommend the course to others?
0         0         4
(15%)
        12
(46%)
        10
(38%)
Are you better at self-control now?
1
(4%)
        2
(8%)
        6
(23%)
        12
(46%)
        4
(19%)
Do you feel more confident about yourself?
2
(8%)
        3
912%)
        5
(19%)
        10
38%)
        6
(23%)
Did you learn things about yourself?
2
(8%)
        5
(19%)
        7
(29%)
        8
(31%)
        4
915%)























The response to “Would you like to do more Rock and Water courses?” was 88% (23 students) 'yes', 4% ‘maybe’ and 8% ‘no’. The students were also asked to indicate if they would like to help with year nine classes next year, with 17 (65%) saying they would.

It is pleasing to see that the students are feeling more positive about themselves after the programme. In particular it would appear that the boys and girls feel much more confident about themselves and their ability to withstand and deal with bullying. Anecdotal incidents have been aired during the course, where students have talked about how and where they have used their newly developed skills. They are taking the skills they learn in class and applying them to the way they live their lives.


Years 9-11, boys and girls in single sex groups

As part of the ongoing Rock and Water programme development at a large secondary school, it was decided to deliver two one-day sessions for targeted students.

The first of the sessions was delivered on Tuesday, 17 June 2008 to a group of boys from years nine to eleven. The following day, a group of girls from years nine to eleven participated in the programme.

The aim of the sessions was to examine the effectiveness of delivering a chunk of the Rock and Water programme in one go and to enable two of the recently trained teachers to see the programme in action with students. As such, each ‘day’ was delivered by Robin Schofield and supported by two other teachers who had participated in the three-day training in March 2008.

At the end of the sessions, a questionnaire was filled out by the participants, which used a scale as follows:
1 = No; 2 = Probably not; 3 = Ok; 4 = Yes; 5 = Definitely.

Feedback from the 13 boys:

  1. Do you feel better at self-control now?
    Average of 3.75
  2. Will the skills you learned today help you?
    Average of 3.5
  3. Would you recommend Rock and Water to others?
    Average of 4.12
  4. Do you want to do some more?
    Average of 4.75

Comments around ‘what did you enjoy most?’ included:

  • Punching and kicking (x3)
  • Everything (x3)
  • Self defence (x3)
  • Everything apart from the walk (past a threatening group)
  • Bridge building
  • Person pushing (partner leaning exercise).

Considering the diverse nature of the students, the results are very positive, with all of the boys wanting to do more Rock and Water.

Feedback from the 11 girls:

  1. Do you feel better at self-control now?
    Average of 4.45
  2. Do you feel more confident about yourself?
    Average of 3.9
  3. Did you learn things about yourself?
    Average of 4.27
  4. Did you enjoy the course?
    Average of 4.54
  5. Would you recommend Rock and Water to others?
    Average of 4.63

Comments around ‘what did you enjoy most?’ included:

  • Feeling strong and more like I’m in control and being able to tell other people to stop
  • Feeling strong and knowing that I can stop people
  • Everything (x2)
  • Punching and kicking exercises (x6) – it had a happy effect.

The girls’ group particularly seemed to enjoy the self-defence exercises as they certainly appeared to generate a lot more self-confidence. Throughout the day a number of the girls who started out with very poor body language developed a much more positive, confident appearance.