Learning & Teaching

Our vision for outstanding Learning and Teaching at Abbot Beyne is characterised by engaging lessons that challenge and inspire all students; innovative use of technology to enhance and transform learning opportunities; active learning that provides opportunities for deeper learning experiences. Our 100 minute lessons provide an effective framework for delivering this.

To support our goal of delivering consistently great lessons, we have created The Abbot Beyne Learning Model. This articulates the ingredients of great learning.

Our programme of staff training and development is built around the Learning Model. We firmly believe in further developing the skills of our teachers as the best route to raising outcomes amongst our students. Training for our teachers consists of inset days, twilight training, whole-school training and external training. Our Professional Development Communities (PDCs) are also been a key mechanism for delivering high quality staff CPD.

All teachers belong to an Professional Development Community (PDC). We have recently completed a two year national research project with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) delivered through our PDCs. Teachers meet for 75 mins once per month and reflect on their practice, discuss new teaching methods and commit to improve aspects of their practice. Teachers then take part in peer observations of each other as part of the observing and sharing of good practice.

We believe in not tying the hands of our teaching staff by insisting on a set lesson format or plan. However, we expect our teachers to deliver well planned lessons and promote the use of our five minute lesson planning format to focus staff on the key areas of planning that contribute to outstanding learning in the classroom.

Our system of classroom observation is designed to be supportive and developmental. As well as the Performance Management observations, members of the SLT undertake blinks (learning walks) and work scrutiny exercises. These have a specific focus (e.g. questioning) and allow us as a school to identify examples of good practice and areas to focus our CPD on in the future.

All of our Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students have iPads to assist them in their learning. Teachers plan their lessons to take advantage of the many benefits such technology brings.