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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve

Teaching and Learning

At Sir William Ramsay School we have used research and professional experience to develop a rigorous Teaching and Learning Pedagogy.  At the heart of this is Thinking Hard, the idea that in order to learn students need to really think about what they are learning!

Professor Robert Coe in his paper ‘Improving Education’ states that learning happens when students have to think hard, although at heart this seems simplistic, it is what makes the difference for true learning to take place.

With this in mind we have developed and introduced ESELED 'Every Student, Every Lesson, Every Day' strategy to support 'Quality First Teaching' within the classroom.  Ways in which we support this ia through our 'Learning Ready' approach for students.


Thinking Hard Devices:

The CORE lies at the heart of the approach to teaching and learning. 

CURRICULUM: What you learn, how you learn it and making connections.

OUTCOMES: Progress you are making during the year based on formative assessments - students, teachers and self review feedback.

RELATIONSHIPS: Having positive experiences in the class, feeling confident to risk take, ask for help, seek guidance from others.

EXPECTATIONS: Try your best, stay focused, show resilience and be ambitious in your goals.


Thinking Talk:

Thinking talk is so powerful because teachers today ask between 300-400 questions each day (Leven and Long, 1981).   “We have known for a long time that talk is essential to students thinking and learning, and to their productive engagement in classroom life…  We now have additional evidence, from over 20 major international studies, that high quality classroom talk raises standards in the core subjects as typically measured in national and international tests.” (Robin Alexander, Cambridge University 2012).

It is through active engagement in lessons that excellent progress and a love of learning develops.

Through the IMPACT model approach staff and students work together to develop a love of the subject and a drive to do well.

Due to COVID and a loss of learning time and skill, we are focusing on 'Memory Techniques' through recall and retention to enable students to review the work that they have learned in class and online and create strong memory links to support them in their studies moving forwards.