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Sixth Form Learning to Learn

Sixth Form Learning to Learn

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

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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聽not聽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聽yet聽鈥 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

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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

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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

 

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