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High quality teaching:

  • Gives pupils some responsibility for their work and independence
  • Develops well planned, prepared and paced lessons that maintain high levels of interaction with the class
  • Maintains high levels of pupil involvement in tasks
  • Creates a positive atmosphere in the classroom through excellent relationships
  • Incorporates high levels of praise and encouragement
  • Uses a variety of approaches; strategies and techniques are well selected and time is used productively
  • Uses home learning effectively; particularly to reinforce and extend what is learnt in school.
  • Provides carefully structured activities matched sensitively to pupils needs
  • Uses Teaching Assistants to support children with particular difficulties or special talents.
  • Provides ample, challenging work stemming from expert knowledge of the curriculum, how to teach it and how pupils learn
  • Uses the support of a range of outside agencies
  • Recognises the importance of physical learning (kinaesthetic) across the curriculum, alongside visual and auditory stimuli  (VAK)
  • Uses Assessment for Learning (AfL) strategies effectively, adapting plans and altering lessons to meet the needs of pupils
  • Shares with pupils the success criteria
  • Uses and analyses’ data to ensure the needs of pupils are met

Children learn well in a range of well-planned settings, including paired learning, individual learning, whole class teaching and in small ability sets.

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