I am in my first term of my first headship of a primary school that has only been open for three and a half terms.
As well as grappling with the new National Curriculum, the loss of NC levels, the SEND code – and all with only three teachers, we have begun our research, discussions and exploration of developing “High Quality Teaching” and “Powerful Learning” for the children as we begin to grow what we hope will become an “Exceptional Learning Community”.
Yes we are ambitious. Yes we have a vision. Yes we have an exciting journey in front of us.
We also have a huge amount of hard work. Fortunately my staff are highly committed, very positive and are focused on getting the best for the children. I appreciate I am very fortunate.
After a half term of discussing planning, feedback, learning walks, book sampling, contemporary research summaries – I am now in a position where I am trying to give a bit more specific guidance about Teaching for Learning (T4L). One of our priorities is to create a T4L policy as a whole staff collectively through our professional learning journey of this academic year. So I am not producing a policy yet, merely Foundations on which we can build our policy.
A copy of my draft T4L Foundations are below. If you wish to read them please feel free. If you wish to comment and offer feedback that would be much appreciated.
Building our Community with Love and Hope
Growing an Exceptional Learning Community
Teaching for Learning Foundations
- Learners are active participants in their learning. They are empowered to make choices in how they learn and demonstrate their learning
- Engaging learning experiences that challenge all learners. Relevant contexts. Mastery of key knowledge and skills, balanced with opportunities to explore their ideas, deepen their thinking/understanding and solve problems
- Staff have high expectations and are activators. They promote a ‘Growth Mindset’ approach: valuing hard work, perseverance, positive attitude towards challenge, accepting that mistakes are part of learning, taking risks, trying new ideas/approaches and using feedback to improve
- Key Learning Values for Personal Growth: challenge, reflection, resilience, confidence, curiosity, effort, self-motivation and collaboration
- All learners (and groups of learners) achieve high standards
- All learners (and groups of learners) make rapid and sustained progress and learn exceptionally well
- All learners are empowered through participation in their learning to grow as people
|In each learning experience / session:
|During each day:
|During each week:
“Learning. Always and all ways.”