We believe that high quality teaching and learning is our most important priority to enable our students to enjoy and engage with their learning and ultimately achieve and exceed their expected progress levels. This summer’s improvements in results have proven how far we have come with this priority and it remains a key focus this year.
We see ourselves as a learning community, not just the students but all staff. All our teachers have their own personal coaches who visit lessons weekly and give timely feedback on practice. We have weekly training sessions and morning workshops to share best practice and learn from other institutions where practice is seen as a strength. Many of our staff are involved in research so we can stay at the cutting edge of education.
In our teaching we try and plan for all learners so we can accurately match resources and activities to student needs. Students will see differentiation in lessons through the teachers’ approach to setting tasks. Students can engage with activities in one of three ways and the teacher will target the most suitable way for each individual. The teacher will also have stretch activities planned so that learners at all abilities can access some higher order thinking activities which should spark some further engagement and interest in the subject.
Teachers mark books regularly with detailed feedback and we encourage students to respond to our marking in green pen so we can see clear dialogue and improvements in books. Members of the Senior Leadership team and Middle Leaders carry out regular learning walks and book scrutinies to ensure these good practices and our high expectations are being met across the school. Homework on SMH has started well and we can already see a greater homework completion rate.