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Our Teaching and Learning Challenge

  • Our motto as a campus is ‘Work Hard, Be Kind’. As exams at 16 and 18 are more demanding than ever, we know that the ‘Work Hard’ element of our motto is vital from the moment each student starts in Year 7.
  • Over the last few years the formal curriculum we study in school has changed. Most courses are linear which means students learn the content over a long period and are examined at the end of 2 or more years.
  • Every course also has increased knowledge and content or a higher level of skill requirement. Students need to know, in-depth, more content about a subject and retain it for longer. Their brains need to pull on a larger, broader body of knowledge and pull it together in the pressurised conditions of an exam.
  • In order to meet this challenge our approach to learning utilises the latest information about how the brain works in terms of memory power.

Teaching & Learning Communities (TLCs):

We have been running Teaching and Learning Communities for over 6 years with the aim of inviting staff to collaborate in order to improve the learning experience and outcomes of our students on Campus.
This year, we will be working in small groups across the campus to focus on themes from the Teaching Walkthrus book, which is steeped in evidence-based research.
Teachers will be collaborating on the following themes:
  • Behaviour and Relationships
  • Curriculum Planning
  • Explaining and Modelling
  • Questioning and Feedback
  • Practice and Retrieval