Teaching and learning at John Colet School aims to be engaging, challenging and purposeful. Students are expected to be active learners and teachers are expected to provide lessons which help equip young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable success. Students should know where they are with their learning, where their learning is going and how they will achieve their goals. Excellent formative feedback from the teacher can enable students to be reflective and independent learners as they progress each lesson.
A key factor in ensuring students are getting the best education comes from the Tuesday collaborative weekly planning sessions. This time is dedicated to planning lessons together to achieve a common goal of excellence in the classroom. Alongside a range of Continued Professional Development opportunities for teachers, we aim to help develop our staff so that they can continue to help develop each student.
Teaching is good. Teachers follow the school’s procedures for planning and assessment effectively so that pupils work hard and make progress. Teachers have high expectation of pupils and use the school’s systems appropriately to reward and support pupils well. (Ofsted, May 2016)
Students working at home is important because:
• It reinforces the principle that learning is a process that cannot be confined to school hours.
• It allows students time to pursue work to a greater depth.
• It provides students with the experience of working quietly in their own time to further develop their study and independent learning skills.
Homework is set online via Show My Homework (SMHW) for which students are issued with login details. Parents are encouraged to monitor their child’s homework via this site and are also issued with their own login details.
Homework is an area where the partnership between school and parents can help the students. Parents should ensure that students do their homework under suitable conditions, ideally in a quiet, dedicated space where the completion of the homework can be monitored. By showing an interest in what is set from Year 7 parents help to establish the importance of homework and set clear structures that will help your child throughout their schooling.