Principles for Teaching and Learning


Set high expectations and give every learner confidence they can succeed.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to every learner's success, making them feel included, valued and secure;
  • Raising learners' aspirations and the effort they put into learning, engaging, where appropriate, the active support of parents or carers.

Establish what learners already know and build on it.

  • Setting clear and appropriate learning goals, explaining them, and making every learning experience count;
  • Creating secure foundations for subsequent learning.

Structure and pace the learning experience to make it challenging and enjoyable.

  • Using teaching methods that reflect the material to be learned, matching the maturity of the learners and their learning preferences, and involving high levels of time on task;
  • Making creative use of the range of learning opportunities available, within and beyond the classroom, including ICT.

Inspire learning through passion for the subject.

  • Bringing the subject alive;
  • Making it relevant to learners' wider goals and concerns.

Make individuals active partners in their learning.

  • Building respectful teacher-learner relationships that take learners' views and experience fully into account, as well as data on their performance;
  • Using assessment for learning to help learners assess their work, reflect on how they learn, and inform subsequent planning and practice.

Develop learning skills and personal qualities.

  • Developing the ability to think systematically, manage information, learn from others and help others learn;
  • Developing confidence, self-discipline and an understanding of the learning process.