Teaching and learning is at the heart of all we do at St Richard’s. It is our core business as a Catholic school and permeates all aspects of college life. Put simply, our pupils deserve a world class education; this is built on the foundation of outstanding teaching and learning in the classroom.
We are blessed to have a hardworking, committed and talented staff in our college. Our teachers are always willing to go the extra mile for our pupils. As a result, we only appoint teachers who have the potential to be outstanding teachers.
It is our ambition that every lesson should be an outstanding lesson. Central to this vision is the ‘St Richard’s 10’. These are the key features that we believe make an outstanding lesson:
Evidence of thorough planning with levelled outcomes which is inclusive, challenging and inspiring.
A culture of high expectations and pupils are seen as highly motivated, committed and autonomous learners.
A safe inclusive environment which promotes positive behaviours from all.
A variety of tasks, resources and support allows all pupils to learn.
Pace is used effectively to engage all pupils.
Effective use of AfL to engage and support personalised learning.
Successful use of data to build on prior attainment and enable each pupil to make significant progress.
High level of diagnostic and open questioning to assess and reinforce learning.
Pupils think for themselves and are given opportunities to demonstrate higher order thinking skills.
Pupils and staff review learning, progress and targets together at regular intervals.
Finally, it should be acknowledged that outstanding teaching and learning is not only about our pupils leaving St Richard’s with the best qualifications possible. Our aim is for pupils to develop a love of learning; to always do their best and to become independent and lifelong learners.