Teaching and Learning

Our Teaching & Learning Culture

Every Teacher:  engaging, inspiring and challenging every student, in every lesson, every day.

Exemplary teachers:

  • Provide frequent written and verbal feedback that impacts positively on students’ sustained progress.
  • Create opportunities to develop students’ literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Are willing to innovate and utilise a wide variety of responsive teaching, skilfully matched to different types of learning, to maximise progress.
  • Promote and model a growth mindset, providing opportunities for guided discovery.

Every Learner: developing the habit of independent thought and learning to cultivate a lifelong thirst for knowledge.

Exemplary learners:

  • Take responsibility for their own learning and are leaders in the learning process seeking to learn beyond the lesson.
  • Evaluate their own and others learning and act on subject and literacy feedback to make sustained progress.
  • Strive to consistently give 100% effort to all tasks and take pride in the presentation of their work.
  • Embrace a growth mindset and are willing to grapple with challenging learning, showing resilience to difficulty or failure.

Our Teaching and Learning Priorities 2018-19

The ongoing dynamic process of the school’s development cycle assists with the process of defining our Teaching and Learning Priorities each year. And these in term form part of the process of developing the school’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) offer.

This year, staff teachers are developing the following priority teaching and learning focus areas:

  • Achieve “Challenge for All” through consistently achieving outstanding teaching and learning
  • Metacognition
  • Independent Learning

How do we achieve our aims?

Staff consider how best their needs can be met as part of the performance management process.

If there is no expertise available in school and curriculum developments necessitate the use of external training courses, these are approved and booked following recognised procedures and practices.

A CPD Strategy group with representatives from staff meets regularly to review priorities.

Not all training or development needs are best met through attendance on a training course and staff should consider other options available. 

Training Programme 2018 / 2019

The school closes at 2.15pm on specified Monday Training Days allowing for approximately 16 – 18 hours of additional staff development time each academic year.

The Monday afternoon training programme for 2018/2019 takes into account the following:

•             The on-going school priorities and training needs

•             Staff evaluations and feed-back

•             Individual training needs analysis

Individual training and development needs are identified through the performance management appraisal process and PLPs. In addition, new staff identify needs during the induction process.

The programme is a responsive framework.  Sessions are added or changed as the need arises and we are always open to feedback and suggestions. If staff feel there are any gaps in the programme, these are responded to whenever possible. 

Commuted INSET hours allow time for Teaching and Learning Community group work and 5 year curriculum planning. 

All training is evaluated and this is used to ensure that the programme evolves to meet both the needs of the school and individuals. 

In certain circumstances bursaries / sponsorships may be available for particular courses where this is felt to be beneficial to the individual and of particular relevance to the school. These are granted on an individual basis.

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