Teaching and Learning Policy

Date to be approved: 29/03/17

Next Review: September 2017

Signed: M. Jackson (Chair of Governors, Mrs. M. Jackson)     Date: 29/03/17

Signed: S. Watson (Associate Headteacher, Miss. S. Watson)                    Date: 29/03/17



“This school welcomes all, whatever your background,

so that you can achieve your God-given potential”



We believe that learning should be a lifelong process and a rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone. Through our teaching we focus on inspiring the children to learn, equipping them with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to be autonomous learners who reach their full potential. We believe that appropriate teaching and learning experiences contribute to children becoming successful learners, who lead rewarding lives as responsible citizens.






Learning Culture


To enable children to learn well, the school will work to develop a culture where children:

and where adults:

This learning culture needs to be actively taught and quickly established (in September), then further developed and reinforced, throughout the year, involving the children at every stage.





Effective Learning


People learn in different ways. Learning opportunities should incorporate a range of strategies in order to engage children in learning and meet the needs of all learners. These could include:


Children should be taught to take responsibility for their own learning; to review the way they learn and how they learn and how to overcome challenges in their learning.



Effective Teaching


Assessment for Learning will be evident in planning and lessons to ensure lessons are well paced and all pupils make progress in learning. Prior assessment of the pupils’ understanding should be used to inform the planning lessons with a clear progression in skills.





Opportunities are planned to enable children to develop and apply their skills, knowledge and understanding across the curriculum.



Learning Environment




Teaching Assistants


Teaching Assistants and other adult helpers are deployed throughout school to support learning as effectively as possible. They are involved in:



Volunteer helpers, mainly parents, are directed by teachers to assist in some classrooms with general tasks: listening to readers, assisting on outings and in providing other help, such as ICT expertise.









The Role of Curriculum Subject Leaders



Role of Parents


Parents have a fundamental role to play in helping children to learn. They are informed about what and how their children are learning by:




Role of Governors


Governors support, monitor and review the school policies on teaching and learning. In particular they:










Monitoring & Evaluation



Staff will be observed regularly for monitoring and professional development purposes. Judgements will be made on the quality of teaching in the lesson, whilst also taking into account pupils’ work, assessment information and behaviour over time.


Staff will complete a self-evaluation of their lesson observation to be used as a basis for discussion in the feedback session with senior leaders and/or observers. Staff are encouraged to identify their own areas of strengths and areas for development following an observation as this will develop ownership of their own professional development. These strengths and areas for development will be discussed with senior leaders and opportunities to address these put in place. Following a professional discussion the lesson observation will be written up on a ‘Quality of teaching Feedback Form’.


Each staff member has a professional development file – records of lesson observations and the outcome of subsequent professional development opportunities will be recorded in this file.


Other monitoring to include within the triangulation of teaching and learning may include;