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Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning at Kingswood Academy

At Kingswood Academy we believe that students have a right to be taught excellent lessons 100% of the time. We maintain high standards of Teaching and Learning through a mixture of monitoring, challenging and developing our teachers and students.

Kingswood Teaching and Learning Standard

We have a key document entitled ‘The Kingswood Teaching and Learning Standard’ which outlines what we expect to see in lessons where students are making excellent progress. Teachers are able to use this as a basis for planning and leaders refer to it when monitoring the quality of teaching across the Academy.

Our Kingswood Teaching and Learning Standard is framed in the context of three areas:

  • Classroom Culture

  • Precise Planning

  • Assessment for LearningThese areas provide a purposeful framework for; monitoring the quality of teaching and learning, giving feedback, planning good lessons, CPD and coaching discussions.

Monitoring Teaching and Learning

We monitor the quality of teaching and learning through regular informal drop-ins. We have an open door approach which allows leaders across the Academy to drop-in to lesssons at any point during the day.

As one of our Key Drivers is to ‘Value Feedback’ we recognise the importance of regular helpful feedback that looks for ways to improve and doesn’t dwell on mistakes.

CPD

All of our staff take part in regular CPD that is designed specifically to help them reflect on ways to improve their individual teaching. We have an academy-wide CPD programme that runs every Wednesday, with the majority of sessions focussed on Teaching and Learning.

All of our Middle Leaders also have a separate weekly CPD meeting that has a heavy Teaching and Learning focus.

IRIS Coaching Triads

As part of our teacher CPD all teachers are involved in IRIS Coaching Triads. IRIS Connect software is a tool that allows a teacher to record a lesson and receive feedback from a peer via an online platform.

We have used the software in ‘triads’ to provide an opportunity for self-reflection and development in an informal way. This has proved to be really beneficial in giving teachers time to discuss their own teaching and get different viewpoints on how to develop. From this process we have also been able to create examples of ‘best-practise’ at Kingswood Academy.

Character Education

At Kingswood Academy we recognise that a lot goes into a providing a well rounded education. We believe that it’s important to support students in building character as well as pushing them to make progress academically.

Through a programme of workshops delivered by an external expert speaker, assemblys and Academic Mentoring sessions, we dedicate regular time to help students think about the characteristics that will make them succesful both inside and outside the classroom. This helps prepare them for college, university and the working world.

Academic Mentoring sessions provide an opportunity to set students tasks to complete at home where they can apply the skills they are learning. These assist students in building relationships with family and friends in a non school setting. Developing these skills will build students’ confidence and psuh them to be proactive and inquisitive.

Senior Leader - Teaching and Learning

Mr S. Trickett

01482 879967

Assistant Vice Principal - Teaching and Learning

Mr R. Woodhouse

01482 879967 Ext: 266