The 'Non Negotiables'

 

1.  Climate - Routines in our classroom are consistent and efficient with meet and greet, resource distribution, and ‘Do now’ and ‘Challenge’ activities at the beginning of each lesson. Class displays support student learning effectively.

Ethos

2.  Behaviour for learning – We ‘make the weather’ in every lesson by teaching in a way that demonstrates passion for our subject.  Students are rewarded in accordance with the behaviour policy and success is praised and celebrated. The ‘One Voice’ policy is followed.

Ethos

3.  Pride - High expectations are set on how students should present their work and themselves. We constantly demand that students “improve upon their best.”

Ethos

4.  Subject knowledge. We demonstrate deep knowledge, enthusiasm and understanding of the subjects we teach and fully embed oracy within our lessons.  

Pedagogy

5. Preparing for Learning - We 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. Students are given appropriate time to embed knowledge, understanding & skills throughout the lesson.

Pedagogy

6.  Seating plan – Seating plans are ‘student progress driven’ for every class. They have an overview of different students’ needs to inform planning and classroom decision making. These are located in our professional learning folders.

Pedagogy

7. Lesson objectives - Clearly planned learning objectives are shared with students every lesson. Students are able to know, understand, articulate and apply their learning. A clear emphasis is placed upon skills, understanding and key learning.

Pedagogy

8.  Stretch and challenge - Appropriate and stimulating differentiated tasks are planned to ensure all students are stretched, challenged and supported. Students will develop a thirst for learning and show a clear willingness to make progress at every opportunity. We will constantly demand more of our students.

Pedagogy

9. Modelling – Learning is broken down and modelled to students by using exemplar work, demonstrations, deconstructing and discussion etc. Students develop a deep understanding of key learning and make at least expected progress over time.

Pedagogy

10.  Oracy - Students are given opportunities to talk effectively about their learning. When students give extended answers they are asked to stand (rise and shine) and use key technical language linked to their learning.

Pedagogy

11.  Questioning/AFL – Planned, highly effective and targeted questioning will be used to deepen students’ learning, recall prior knowledge and assess understanding, along with other assessment for learning strategies.

Assessment

12.  Marking & Feedback – Concise and effective feedback will be given to students (green pen) so they know how to improve. Students will have the opportunity to regularly act on verbal and written feedback (red pen) to close the learning loop through dedicated improvement and reflection time (DIRT).

Assessment