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Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning

to view a short film about Caterham’s award winning approach to learning and teaching.聽

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We believe that the key to educating a child is not simply the acquisition of knowledge to pass exams, but rather聽to聽continually聽help children聽to become better learners. This involves focusing far more on the聽process聽of learning聽rather than聽just聽the output. For example, we give聽explicit聽feedback on how a child has achieved an excellent mark in a homework聽instead of聽simply聽praising聽their level of performance.聽聽聽

The journey to success is never linear, thus聽Caterhamians聽are encouraged to embrace failure and risk taking聽as the most聽essential parts聽of learning deeply. Getting things wrong when you are trying something new or more difficult makes it easier to transfer聽that learning to your聽Long Term聽Memory.聽聽

This approach to learning & teaching is underpinned by several whole school initiatives;聽

Learning to Learn聽

Now well into its second decade of existence, our unique Learning to Learn programme continually evolves to meet the ever-changing demands of learners in the 21st Century. In the first two years pupils follow the EGDE syllabus, with taught lessons on everything from metacognition to note-taking, and from presentation skills to problem solving. Whole year and small group seminars continue from the Third Year to the Sixth Form as themes broaden to include memorising, motivation and self-organisation.聽聽聽

The lessons and seminars are complemented by a series of online聽tutorials and podcasts聽produced by our Director of Learning & Teaching. He has delivered training on these topics to over one hundred schools both in the UK and abroad.聽Students also benefit from one to one 鈥榮tudy surgeries鈥 with our Director of Learning & Teaching so that聽support聽can be聽tailored to individual needs.聽

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Wherever possible we adopt a coaching approach to the way we support our pupils, and indeed to the way they support each other and themselves. Children are not spoon-fed answers, rather they are encouraged to rely on their own skills and knowledge to try and work out possible solutions. We proselytise a 鈥渃an鈥檛 do it yet 鈥 approach in order to promote genuine independent learning. Nowhere is this more evident than in the school鈥檚 Independent Research Project competitions across different year groups, where students devise their own titles and complete months of independent work with a level of teacher input more akin to university than a senior school.聽

Study Buddy聽

The impact of the initiatives above is clearly seen in the success of our long-running peer coaching scheme. A winner of the ISI鈥檚 Education Initiative of the Year, it involves well over one hundred Sixth Form volunteers who are given rigorous training in both coaching and mentoring techniques before being paired up with younger students. They provide a whole range of challenge and support; for example doing A level Maths problems with Second Years for fun, or helping a student to achieve the same grades in tests as they do in homework.聽

360 Feedback聽

Our teaching staff are relentless learners too. In the pursuit of excellence, we regularly seek the聽views of our聽colleagues but above all our聽students.聽We are voracious users of online survey tools, as well as opening discussions聽on teaching and learning in informal and formal settings.聽The聽Drop In聽system聽encourages聽managers and peers alike to visit, reflect聽and聽feedback on聽each other鈥檚 teaching.聽The Pupil Focus Group is instrumental in shaping whole school strategy, for example聽designing Learning habits (the聽detailed聽way feedback on effort is聽given every half term).聽聽