Everything we do must ensure that children achieve really well and progress. Therefore, the teaching that takes place every day must always be focused upon this core purpose.
To help children on their learning journey, we must ensure high levels of consistency in approach and organisation so that no artificial blocks are put in place to stop children from progressing.
To enable work to be pitched at the right level, so that each child is faced with an achievable challenge in all their work, accurate on-going assessment is vital. Before any lessons can be planned, the class teacher must have a firm grasp of the child’s individual skills, knowledge and understanding. From this, sharply focused planning (both weekly and daily) can occur that will lead to lessons being delivered that are appropriately pitched and with high levels of challenge.
The effectiveness of teachers planning will form part of each term’s review of teaching and learning.
High quality teaching and learning will be developed across the whole school when professional collaboration becomes embedded into our culture. This will require teachers and support staff working alongside colleagues in different classes and year groups so that skills, approaches and expertise can be shared and developed.
This approach will also help to develop greater consistency across the whole school.
Every minute counts for pupils and at St. John’s we ensure that within each lesson the following attributes are present to make sure that the children receive high quality teaching