The 'Non Negotiables'

1. Subject knowledge
We will demonstrate deep knowledge and understanding of the subjects we teach and fully embed both literacy and maths across the curriculum at appropriate times. 

2. Routines
We will establish consistent routines for classroom procedures to increase efficiency e.g. meet and greet, resource distribution, stimulating learning activity at beginning of each lesson.

3. Seating plan
We will use a clear ‘student progress driven’ seating plan with every class that has an overview of different students’ needs to inform planning and classroom decision making, located in our professional learning folders.

4. Behaviour for learning
We will set high expectations for behaviour for learning and encourage students to become resilient and independent learners. We will reward students in accordance with the R 4 U system and ensure that the one voice policy is followed.

5. Planning & delivery
We will routinely plan engaging lessons that are matched to the needs of the students.  Lessons are delivered with a high sense of challenge, pace and purpose. We will give students appropriate time to time to embed knowledge, understanding & skills.

6. Lesson objectives/what and why
We will clearly define and articulate learning objectives that demonstrate high academic expectations for all students in every lesson. Each lesson must also include a literacy objective and place a clear emphasis upon learning the key words.

7. Stretch and challenge
We will provide appropriate and stimulating differentiated tasks to ensure all students are stretched, challenged and supported. Students will have developed a thirst for learning and show a clear willingness to extend themselves at every opportunity.

8. Questioning/AFL
We will use planned, systematic, targeted and skilled questioning to deepen students learning and assess understanding, along with other assessment for learning strategies.

9. Feedback
We will give precise and effective feedback and guidance so students know how to improve. We will make sure students have the opportunity to regularly act on verbal and written feedback to close the learning loop e.g. Dedicated Improvement and Reflection Time.

10. Oracy
We will give students opportunities to talk about and discuss what they are learning. We will ask students to stand when giving extended answers, presentations or demonstrating their learning.

11. Pride
We will set high expectations of how students should present their work and challenge work that does not meet these high expectations.

12. Marking
We will consistently provide written feedback to students in accordance with out academy/subject area policy to so they clearly know how to improve upon their work.

13. Homework
We will set challenging & purposeful homework, in line with the Academy policy, that is ability and age appropriate.

14. Use of data
We will make sure that the use of data is an intrinsic part of every lesson. Students will know their current grades and target grades, with a clear understanding of how to make improvements.

We will ensure that clear interventions are in place for target groups i.e. disadvantaged students, More Able, SEND etc.