Teaching and Learning
The promotion of learning is, naturally, at the heart of the school’s ethos; pride and enjoyment in learning is promoted not just as part of schooling but as a lifelong pursuit.
The cultivation of excellent teaching and learning is a fundamental part of the way the school is led at all levels of the organisation. No single teaching theory or approach dominates but the following things are seen as important and useful:
- the TEEP framework: we use the TEEP vocabulary and learning cycle as a way of bringing together a number of useful ideas such as preparedness for learning, student construction of understanding, review of and reflection on learning (metacognition), assessment for learning, effective use of ICT, effective learner behaviours and effective teacher behaviours;
- PLTS / 5 R’s: we aim to cultivate students’ personal learning and thinking skills and learning objectives will often feature both content related objectives and objectives related to students’ growing skills in team-work, research, independence and self-management, reflection and creativity;
- Collaborative Learning: we aim to provide students with opportunities to collaborate both in the classroom and beyond that give them genuine opportunities for leadership, team work, communication and creativity; this is embedded both in curricular approaches, the pastoral system and the Whole-School Leadership Model within which students take on significant roles of responsibility.
The process of developing and enhancing highly effective teaching and learning is conducted in many different ways in school:
- through a programme of workshops run by colleagues for colleagues during INSET days, staff meetings, team meetings and at other times;
- through Action Research Projects planned and undertaken by groups of colleagues in response to needs identified by them or by the school’s Leadership Group or middle leaders;
- through Organiser Projects commissioned by the school’s Leadership Group which form part of the staffing structure of the school;
- through policies and procedures embedded in the way we operate as a team of staff, often following the sort of projects mentioned above;
- through our Learning Evaluation Process which uses a range of team-led self-review, leadership-group-led internal review and commissioned external review to focus honestly and in detail on the way we are teaching and learning;
- through effective use of staff appraisal to ensure there is a continuing conversation about how staff are working to improve in order to deliver better teaching and learning for all students;
- through planning conversations which consider whether the right resources, facilities, curriculum and staffing are in place to maximise learning for students;
- through informal learning walks undertaken by members of the leadership group to check that students are responding well to the high expectations placed upon them by a committed and ambitious team of colleagues.
If you are interested in finding out more please contact:
Mr D Haigh – Assistant Headteacher, Director of Learning and Assessment – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs V Littler – Teaching and Learning Coordinator – email@example.com
Miss C Sivner – Teaching and Learning Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org