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Question Focus Topics for a School Board


Originating in the classroom, the QFT has been extended for use in parent engagement, health care, voter engagement and microdemocracy advocacy. Participants explore a specific topic using varied ways of thinking in order to open up the possibility for previously unthought of action or solutions.

As a facilitator you would be able to create a workshop-type environment (probably at a sub-committee meeting) and set a question focus (QF) for the Board.  A single prompt (question focus) could be a photograph of a school event, or an issue, like home time congestion at the school gates . It could be a thermometer graphic used to show donations or school fair income.


Or it could be similar to one of the following word prompts:

  • Teacher recruitment

  • Carparking at school

  • Bullying

  • Sports achievement

  • Uniform

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi - The Treaty of Waitangi

  • Tuck Shop food

  • Te Reo

  • Professional development

  • Suspensions

  • Academic results

  • Analysis of Variance

  • Governance

  • Leaky roofs

  • Gifted and talented programme

  • Intenational student revenue

  • Health and Safety positives

  • Facility hire

  • New curriculum areas

  • Lockdown learnings

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