The working party were concerned that children took responsibility for the quality of their own contribution in Science and also responding to others. The idea of developing a Quality Audience is a strategy that is used in a number of schools, and involves elements of active listening, having respect for other's opinions and being prepared to change your mind.
Children begin to develop their understanding of Quality Audience in Year 5 through discussion and creating a poster highlighting the key points. The children then 'sign up' to the statements on the poster. This is taken with them to Year 6 and, when they move on to Year 7, the statements are renegotiated.
It is a good idea for children to develop their own ideas to give them ownership of the principles.
Why do we need a quality audience?