Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning sits at the heart of our Trust family. It is our core purpose as we believe that teacher effectiveness unlocks both the personal and academic potential of our learners.

Our vision for Teaching and Learning is to engage, enthuse and inspire every lesson, every day. Our vision has been underpinned by ten Teaching and Learning principles which have been co-constructed by our staff for our staff. This journey has empowered our staff to reclaim the language of Teaching and Learning and to equip us with clarity, consistency and above all a common language.

The WAT Teaching and Learning Principles

  1. Questioning by All
  2. Differentiated Challenge
  3. Personalised Feedback
  4. Purposeful Assessment
  5. Independence
  6. Positive Learning Climate
  7. Review Learning and Progress
  8. Sharing the Big Picture
  9. Modelling and Scaffolding
  10. Relevance, Pace, Variety

As a staff, we consider ourselves to be a learning community as well as a teaching community and for this reason we are committed to developing a mindset amongst our staff and our learners where we all believe that we can be a little bit better.

“If we create a culture where every teacher believes they need to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better, there is no limit to what we can achieve” Dylan Wiliam

Our strategic approaches to developing teacher effectiveness are captured below:

We are proud of our track record in delivering academic success to our learners. This has been the result of a close collaborative relationship between staff and learners. Again, our learners have taken on the responsibility of developing a set of core characteristics, attributes and behaviours fundamental to their success as learners. In our schools learners ASPIRE!

The ASPIRE attributes are:

  • Active in our learning
  • Sure we can improve
  • Positive in our attitude
  • Imaginative in our thinking
  • Resilient when things go wrong
  • Effort – we always give 100%

Teachers in Windsor Academy Trust are reflective practitioners who enjoy developing their teaching practice. They are involved in innovations and research, presenting every year at a large practitioner-led research conference. They access Chartered College for Teaching research and since Windsor Academy Trust is a CCT regional hub teachers can network with other schools at these teaching and learning events. A Pedagogy Champion team represent all schools across the family of schools and really drive this activity.

Teachers share their practice actively, through “in the Spotlight” sessions, and via a series of open classroom opportunities plus the use of IRIS to record and reflect on classroom practice. WAT “Hotspots” of great practice are identified and shared including at our Trust annual conference. Great practice is captured for the future too on our extensive range of blog tiles on the teaching and learning website.

All of these activities are examples of an environment where teachers talk about teaching, observe each other teaching, plan, organise and evaluate together and teach together.

As well as growing strong leadership we also provide a wide range of development activities for teachers to develop and extend their craft, WAT Associates, Lead Practitioners, Specialist Leaders of Education and Chartered Teachers are all pathways that can develop and grow even more excellent teaching for the future.

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