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    Every Child Matters & Teaching & Learning

    After few threads thought this would be good thread to start lets list and discuss how ict support effects T & L and ECM.

    Idea is to produce some kind of document at end of it that can be used to justify pay/job/existence

    Let starts of with few basics on ECM

    ● Be healthy

    Physically healthy

    Mentally and emotionally healthy

    Sexually healthy

    Healthy lifestyles

    Choose not to take illegal drugs

    Parents, carers and families promote healthy choices

    ● Stay safe
    Safe from maltreatment, neglect, violence and sexual exploitation

    Safe from accidental injury and death

    Safe from bullying and discrimination

    Safe from crime and anti-social behaviour in and out of school

    Have security, stability and are cared for

    Parents, carers and families provide safe homes and stability

    ● Enjoy and achieve
    Ready for school

    Attend and enjoy school

    Achieve stretching national educational standards at primary school

    Achieve personal and social development and enjoy recreation

    Achieve stretching national educational standards at secondary school

    Parents, carers and families support learning

    ● Make a positive contribution
    Engage in decision-making and support the community and environment

    Engage in law-abiding and positive behaviour in and out of school

    Develop positive relationships and choose not to bully and discriminate

    Develop self-confidence and successfully deal with significant life changes and challenges

    Develop enterprising behaviour

    Parents, carers and families promote positive behaviour

    ● Achieve economic well-being

    Engage in further education, employment or training on leaving school

    Ready for employment

    Live in decent homes and sustainable communities

    Access to transport and material goods

    Live in households free from low income

    Parents, carers and families are supported to be economically active

    Someone care to do a definition of what teaching is and what learning is.


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    Re: Every Child Matters & Teaching & Learning

    This is an extract of our Teaching and Learning Policy:-


    We believe that the following professional values, exhibited by effective staff, make a
    difference to the learner’s achievement and attainment:

    1. Having continuous high expectations of the learner
    • by constantly demanding improvement
    • through modelling
    - personal presentation
    - punctuality
    - meeting and greeting
    - mutual respect
    • with energy and enthusiasm

    2. Leading Learning
    • through encouragement of intellectual curiosity, developing a thirst for knowledge
    and a desire to achieve
    • by being a clear communicator and
    • by being a curriculum expert with excellent subject knowledge which motivates and
    develops confident and independent learners.

    3. Building quality relationships
    • by creating trust and confidence as well as providing challenge and support to
    enable every learner to be successful.
    • through demonstrating fairness and consistency in visible, clear actions and
    • by knowing students as individuals and celebrating their identity and
    • by being able to anticipate and pre-empt situations by using appropriate strategies
    for particular circumstances


    We recognise that the teacher plays a pivotal role in creating the climate necessary for a
    student’s successful learning.
    The 9 areas that contribute to and define the classroom climate are:
    clarity, order, standards, fairness, participation, support, safety, interest,
    A positive classroom climate is characterised by:

    1. The Physical Environment
    • Appropriate displays, which are informative, inspirational and which model the
    good practice of each subject will celebrate the efforts of all individuals (not
    necessarily the best or neatest.)
    • The teacher will promote a sense of respect for resources, furniture, displays by
    maintaining a tidy environment.
    • Students should expect to work in a secure environment and should feel safe in
    trying new things without feeling failure.
    • Students must work in a secure environment, fulfilling legal requirements of the
    Health and Safety Acts

    2. Classroom Routines
    All practices in ‘ Working Together in the Classroom’ should be adhered to.
    This will mean teachers will:
    • Communicate expectations
    • Plan content and delivery to motivate students
    • Manage behavioural issues in line with whole school policies.
    • Apply appropriate rewards and sanctions with fairness and consistency
    • Take into account appropriate learning styles and thinking skills, plan for
    differentiation, incorporate target setting and create opportunities for mentoring
    • generate a learning atmosphere using the elements of humour and fun, planning to
    leave the student with a sense of fulfilment.

    3. Language for Learning
    All teachers are encouraged to show their commitment to the principles of respect, fairness,
    challenge, support and security. This is characterised by:
    • Using the language of success, hope and possibility.
    • Using positive comments to encourage, showing faith in students’ ability and not
    using the language of failure.
    • Demonstrating positive body language and non-verbal communication.
    • Listening and responding to each individual
    • Acknowledging that the use of language is a powerful tool for positive learning.


    Lesson design and structure will vary by subject and within learning schemes to ensure
    learners maximise their achievement. In lesson planning, departments should be
    supportive of an ethos of innovation and challenge
    To ensure that all students learn effectively, lessons will have
    • clear, differentiated learning objectives and intended outcomes, taking into
    account ability, gender, disability and cultural diversity, and shared with students.
    • appropriate structure and pace, designed to meet the needs of the learners and the
    desired outcomes.
    It will take into account:
    - prior learning and learning context
    - and will have an effective start,
    - a series of carefully selected strategies and techniques to achieve learning
    objectives, incorporating high quality resources
    - and an effective ending/plenary.
    • Opportunities for assessment are integrated into all lessons to monitor the
    learner’s progress and inform future planning.
    Teachers will plan appropriate, quality lessons when they are unable to take the lessons


    Teachers should use a wide and varied range of strategies and techniques to best
    deliver their planned learning objectives. These regularly include:
    • Target setting.
    • A range of activities that is appropriate to support learner need, including SEN, G&T,
    bilingual and EAL students and different learning styles.
    • Active engagement activities, e.g. starters
    • Modelling.
    • Effective questioning.
    • Explaining
    • A variety of individual/paired and group work.
    • A balanced diet of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities.
    • Sensitive intervention and monitoring to ensure active engagement.
    • Assessment strategies and techniques integral to lessons, including peer
    and self-assessment.
    • Strategies to make effective use of classroom support.
    • Strategies and techniques to make effective use of available
    resources, including ICT.
    • Strategies to celebrate diversity and recognise the individuality of students.
    • The promotion of positive role models.
    • The use of rewards and praise
    • Plenaries


    We understand that learning can be made more effective by
    • involving adults other than teachers to support student learning in the classroom
    • encouraging students to access the skills of other adults within the school
    • ensuring that form tutors communicate our high expectations of students, enshrined
    within the school’s Code of Conduct
    • strengthening school/student/parent links into an active partnership where learning is
    supported and enhanced at home
    • providing high quality resources within and beyond the school day
    • developing within the students the necessary skills to undertake independent
    • encouraging mutual student support, both formally in peer mentoring programmes
    and informally inside and outside the classroom
    • recognising the important learning going on in other places of learning in the
    In conclusion, we believe that teachers must remain learners, looking to share good
    practice, supporting and being supported through continual professional development within
    a process of team and self-reflection.

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