A range of our policies are attached to the end of this document:
Teaching and Learning Policy
At Keston Primary School and Nursery we aim to:
- recognise the strengths and talents of all members of our community; we celebrate personal success and provide support for those who have difficulties in attaining their goals. Through encouragement, praise and positive reinforcement we aim to ensure that each individual understands their importance as a member of our school community and values the role played by others in their daily lives.
- actively encourage all our parents, carers, staff and community members to be involved in the children’s learning. We recognise that to be equal you may need to be treated differently. We provide opportunities which enable the children to learn about, understand and value differences, so they are able to celebrate them and recognise the importance of inviting others to participate in their daily activities.
- endeavour to ensure that tolerance and understanding underpin our daily lives. We listen to, respect and value the opinions of others. We aim to support the children in developing skills which enable them to make the right choices in their lives.
- instil a passion for lifelong learning. We recognise there are a variety of ways of learning and encourage all to share experiences in a creative and exciting environment. We encourage questioning, which enables the development of individuals with enquiring minds who make a positive contribution to the whole community.
- ensure that each individual is supported in a kind and caring environment which enables them to feel secure. We aim to provide a clear framework of behaviour that fosters trust and develops in each person the confidence to take risks with the realisation that this leads to learning.
- ensure that every child will achieve in all aspects of their development. We recognise that high levels of attainment are reached when individuals are set challenging targets with support and encouragement to meet them. We understand that we live in a constantly changing society and thus the children and all members of our community should be equipped with the skills to meet the challenges of the future.
In order to achieve these aims we work within a set of core principles:
1. Provide a visually stimulating, supportive and interactive learning environment by:
- providing the children with positive adult role models
- using a range of behaviour strategies to meet all needs
- organising classrooms in order to encourage independence
- ensuring classrooms have working walls to support the children’s learning
- providing displays which are engaging, interactive and language rich
- ensuring displays celebrate children’s successes
2. Make learning an enjoyable and challenging experience by:
- providing clear and consistently high expectations
- differentiating learning opportunities
- building on prior learning
- modelling tasks to provide structure and clarity for the children’s learning
- ensuring clarity so every child knows how to be successful
- asking open ended and challenging questions
- valuing responses so children have the confidence to ask questions and take risks
- encouraging risk taking so children are able to recognise that making mistakes provides a scaffold for learning
- ensuring children understand how to make connections through cross curricular learning and real life situations
- using ICT to enhance the learning experience
- celebrating achievements
3. Use assessment to make children partners in their learning by:
- providing opportunities for the children to self-assess against clear success criteria within each lesson
- actively involving the children in assessment through peer to peer and child to adult discussion
- providing focused marking so children are aware of where they are and their next steps
- providing each child with clear targets based on prior learning
- use summative assessments to inform planning and practice
4. Engage parents and carers in supporting their child’s learning by:
- providing information about the curriculum and areas of learning for each year group at the start of each term
- enabling parents and carers to support learning at home through workshops, information leaflets and meetings
- providing termly opportunities for parent teacher discussions on progress and areas for development
All teachers are leaders of learning and demonstrate through their own example that they are lifelong learners. We use this learning to support the continual improvement of teaching and learning and thereby contribute to the school improvement strategic plans.
Professional development is essential for supporting all adults to develop their own learning. Teachers take an active interest in and responsibility for developing their teaching practice, and are supported by the school to do this.
Role of the Governors
The Governing Body determine, support, monitor and review the school’s policies on teaching and learning.
- Support the use of appropriate teaching strategies by allocating resources effectively
- Monitor how effective teaching and learning strategies are in terms of raising pupil attainment
- Ensure that the school buildings and premises are effective in supporting successful teaching and learning
- Ensure that staff development and performance management policies promote good quality teaching
- Monitor teaching strategies in the light of health and safety regulations
- Monitor the effectiveness of teaching and learning policies through the school self-review processes. These include the head teacher’s reports to governors, review of attainment and progress, and the work of the school improvement committee.
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