Teaching and Learning
Our teaching and learning strategies underpin all of our academy priorities. We believe that all students, whatever their ability, should receive high quality teaching and learning across all curriculum areas and they should achieve their maximum potential.
Teachers use a variety of methods to engage learning and ensure that the technique used is appropriate for achieving the learning outcomes for the lesson. The participation of students is essential if the teaching and learning process is to be successful. Teachers use a range of teaching methods, different teaching styles, differentiation, and a variety of resources and strategies that will focus on learning as well as on teaching.
At Wayland Academy, teachers provide a teaching and learning approach that is built around six core principles. Teachers focus on how they will teach and not just on what they teach. The six core principles are considered in the planning of all teaching and or learning. Teachers plan for: challenge, engagement, questioning, feedback, effective use of TAs and homework.
We provide CPD to develop and improve pedagogy of teaching and learning. In addition, we equip students with the skills and strategies needed to learn collaboratively and independently, in different contexts and facing different challenges, including public examinations, higher education and the world of work.
Lastly, we continue to work with our teachers to move more from good teaching and learning to outstanding teaching and learning.
Effective teaching and learning at Wayland Academy Norfolk
- All planning takes account of our teaching and learning core principles; challenge, engagement, questioning, feedback, effective use of TAs and homework.
- The expectation of every lesson is that it follows the Wayland Guarantee.
- All teachers have a secure knowledge and understanding of the subject they are teaching.
- Lessons are planned that link directly to the schemes of learning and the examination syllabus.
- Planning takes account of prior knowledge and skills and allows students to build on these. This will be evident through the work produced in exercise books.
- Teachers employ a range of teaching styles to ensure appropriate pace and challenge.
- The lesson forms part of a learning sequence. Past learning is clear in books and students understand their next steps.
- Good relationships are established through creating a positive learning environment (use of class charts for rewards and sanctions).
- Information about individual students’ needs is used to personalise learning. e.g. Pupil Premium, SEND.
- Assessment of work and examination questions are recorded and used to inform future lesson planning.
- Homework and Home Learning Projects are used to consolidate and extend learning beyond the classroom.
- Seating plans are created and used in ClassCharts. These are modified as appropriate by the teacher.