Philosophy

The Learning and Teaching Group has been established by the Director of Studies in June 2015.

Adapting a definition from Alexander[1] “Pedagogy is not just the ‘surface practice’ of teaching. It is ‘the act of teaching together with its attendant theory and discourse, which are collective, generalisable and open to public scrutiny. It is what one needs to know, and the skills one needs to command, in order to make and justify the many different kinds of decision of which teaching is constituted.”

The School strongly believes in continuous professional development; that teachers need to develop their knowledge and beliefs about learning, as well as their practices.

The group’s aims are to:

  • constantly review School policy and practice in relation to learning and teaching, in order to ensure high quality learning experiences for students of all abilities and aptitudes;
  • provide a framework for learning and teaching within which there is flexibility and scope for creativity;
  • promote an understanding of how learning takes place;
  • promote reflection on, and sharing of, good practice;
  • provide coherence of approach and consistency of expectation, without uniformity;
  • raise attainment by increasing levels of student motivation, participation and independence;
  • provide practical guidance and clear procedures;
  • inform teachers, students, parents and governors about the aims and processes of teaching and learning.

[1] Alexander, R.J. (2008) Essays on Pedagogy, London: Routledge.