Teaching for Learning

Welcome to the Teaching for Learning page of our Academy’s website.

At the Gateway Academy, excellent teaching and learning is at the heart of everything we do. Students can expect to learn in a safe environment, with high expectations and excellent outcomes.

Feel free to browse this section of our website and learn about what teaching and learning looks like at our academy and how you can be apart of our journey.


Teaching and Learning Moments

We feel that it’s important to celebrate and share excellent practice. We often start meetings and briefings with ‘Teaching for Learning moments’ celebrating and encouraging a dialogue of pedagogy.

Here are some of the moments we have celebrated:

More extensive Teaching for Learning moments can be downloaded here

"Ami Dixon is currently teaching sewing in her Year 8 classes, it was outstanding and all students were fully engaged. Ami plans her lessons meticulously as standard practice.  Colleagues regularly comment on how Ami puts everything into her lessons and we must acknowledge that much of her teaching isn’t in her first subject and this is testament to her professionalism and commitment to our children."

"Claire McNally and her use of coloured post it notes to signal to students where feedback has been placed in their books.  They stick out the side of the book like mini book marks so students turn to those pages and respond to her comments."

"Cameron Matus’ Maths lesson – rounding numbers a kinesthetic approach to the lesson making it interactive and exciting."

"This colleague was able to create a ‘light bulb moment’ when she used a strategy of comparing rock formation to a crunchy bar and how they are made.  The students were physically handed a section of the chocolate bar and were visibly engaged by this comparison; instantly they were able to access the learning."

"I observed a year 10 PE lesson on Thursday. Due to the routines and expectations which had been reinforced in previous lessons, the girls were able to apply their learning in a variety of netball drills and game situations.  At one point, the teacher stood back and the girls ran their own drill and gave pointers to each other on how they could improve.  The teacher was more a facilitator in what was an outstanding PE lesson"

"Year 9 Business, students thinking ‘outside the box’ identifying what they could do with ordinary items selected and come up with original ideas.  Students were reluctant until one student took the lead and turned a foot pump into a leaf blower.  Later on, during feedback one student said to the class “the problem is we all give up too easily!”  From this point the ideas flowed and students had the confidence to come up with ideas, feedback and challenge one another.  Demonstrates ‘Driving Own Learning’ and ‘Perseverance’."

"From draft report of OAT Review, questioning was noted in one particular lesson, elements of scaffolding, definite challenge, teacher to student questioning was good, which led to constant questioning and assessment.  The key element to take away was peer to peer questioning, which was encouraged.  The OAT report quoted “good questioning, for example, in a Year 9 dance lesson, the teacher’s consistent probing questioning made the students realise the difference between the standards needed for a merit and distinction.  This led to outstanding progress."