Teaching, Learning and Assessment

A culture of high expectations and excellence will be embedded throughout teaching and learning. Our commitment to assessment mirrors the practices at the high-performing Higham Lane School, ensuring that our pupils experience sustained progress. 

Our teachers will offer high-quality teaching using their subject expertise and skilful classroom management. Learning will be suitably matched to pupils’ needs. Pupils will be challenged through learning activities and questions that encourage them to analyse, apply, evaluate, and synthesise. Pupils will also have the opportunity to develop their learning through a mixture of class, group, pair, and individual learning experiences. Sustained independent learning will take place within and outside of lessons, enabling pupils to take control of their learning. Relevant e-learning will equip pupils with skills vital for life in the 21st Century. Appropriate homework will extend learning and appropriately challenge pupils of all abilities.

We believe in a knowledge curriculum. Many of the resources which have proved highly effective in our partner school such as knowledge organisers and knowledge booklets will be made available to Higham Lane North Academy pupils. Our curriculum will also develop habits of mind, ways of thinking about a subject, ways of studying that subject and ways of being a practitioner of a subject. We want pupils to develop a love for the subjects they study and have the opportunity to study them in depth.

Pupils' prior attainment at the end of Key Stage 2 and baseline testing will provide the basis of target-setting. All pupils will be challenged to achieve their end of Key Stage 4 'Expected Standard' target grade, reflecting the school's high expectations.

Pupils in all years will receive regular feedback to ensure they understand the next steps that they must take to progress further. Teachers will use formative and summative assessment to identify pupils’ strengths and areas for development.

Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCO) will work closely with teachers and support staff to ensure that all pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) learn the powerful knowledge that all learners are entitled to. Tailored support will be provided to pupils with SEND and those who are disadvantaged. The school will benefit immensely from the specialist SEND knowledge of staff from within the Trust, which we will utilise to ensure a fully inclusive curriculum for our SEND learners.

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