Our Key Pedagogical Principles

Every fortnight we hold development meetings where we take part in training linked to our school plan. A lot of interesting discussion has been bandied around these past few weeks on what we think are our key pedagogical principles for highly effective teaching and learning in our school.

After a lot of debate we have decided upon five key principles.

  1. 1. Excellent facilitators

We can do this by

- Having a growth mindset

- Ignite learning, kindle curiosity and creativity by creating a powerful stimulus that immediately hooks the learner—objects, youtube, WOW days

- High expectations about learning and presentation

- Sharing new ideas—Teacher Learning Communities

- Videoing ourselves and reflecting on practice


  1. 2. Expanding on what individuals already know

We can do this by

K   what do we already know?

W  what do we want to find out?

 how will we find the information?

L    what have I learnt?

A    what action should we take to share our knowledge – Fabulous Finishers

Q   What (new) questions do we still have?


  1. 3. Embedding and using day to day assessment strategies

We can do this by

Assessment for learning

A. Marking against clear learning intentions and success criteria

     Explaining the WHY we need to know this

B. Effective questioning using Bloom’s

- learning partners to verbalise thinking and piggy back ideas

- no hands everyone thinking

C. Self and peer assessment

D. Effective feedback

- focus on HOW they can improve

- clear evidence of feedback being used to inform planning

E. Meaningful reflection with DIRT built into lessons


  1. 4. Explicit development of learning behaviours

We can do this by

- 5Rs discuss and use on daily basis, resilient, resourceful, reflective, reciprocal, responsible

- Reward/behaviour system e.g. marbles in a jar, table points

- Children being ready to learn with learning pouches, assessment bookmark cards, correct P.E. kit, reading books, home learning

- Modelling and scaffolding learning


  1. 5. Experiencing deep learning

We can do this by

A.  Effective classroom dialogue

- Ratio of teacher talk time low

- Regular opportunities to recap throughout lesson

B.  High learner involvement

- Children know what they are learning when they come in

- Creating learning without limits

- Range of challenges each building on from the next

- Use of bubble groups

- Low threshold, high ceiling tasks

C. Meaningful reflection (see pedagogical approach 3)


We are using these principles to raise the bar in our teaching by teachers identifying the areas that they need to work on.