The pedagogical approach of Teaching and Learning at Rossington All Saints Academy is based on Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction where he set out 10 key findings. These 10 principles are incorporated into our current practice and increase the quality of teaching and learning, whilst also improving outcomes for all students, rather than focusing solely on specific groups to the potential detriment of others.
Rosenshine’s 10 principles:
1. Begin the lesson with a review of previous learning.
2. Present new material in small steps.
3. Ask a large number of questions (and to all students).
4. Provide models and worked examples.
5. Practice using the new material.
6. Check for understanding frequently and correct errors.
7. Obtain a high success rate.
8. Provide scaffolds for difficult tasks.
9. Independent practice.
10. Monthly and weekly reviews.
There is a strong Teaching and Learning profile at Rossington All Saints Academy and this is reflected in the regular learning walks and lesson observations that are all part of the internal quality assurance processes. Regular pupil voice activities indicate that students enjoy their learning across the subjects and this is reflected in positive outcomes. Senior leaders with specific responsibility for teaching and learning work with a wider team to continuously drive up standards.
Teachmeets and CPD
Our staff are regularly given opportunities to share best practice. Colleagues disseminate ideas during Tuesday briefings and the focus is always on practical ideas to engage students and develop pedagogy. We have a rich and diverse training programme for staff development and teaching and learning is always at the forefront.
Staff have access to an online resource bank of learning tools and games which can be adapted to the different subject areas. This has been a welcome addition to classroom practice and we are always trying to embrace new technology to enhance the learning experience.
Skilled practitioners have been appointed as teaching and learning coaches to support colleagues with specific areas for development. This new initiative has proven successful and all staff are encouraged to develop themselves continually.
In line with Ofsted practice we no-longer grade lessons, however, we have a rigorous quality assurance programme involving leaders at all levels. Included in the process are lesson drop-ins, teacher voice, student voice and book sampling alongside formal lesson observations.
Our Academy trains many staff new to the profession including School Direct and PGCE students. A programme of development is available for both trainee teachers and newly qualified teachers who work alongside mentors.