Effective learning and teaching lies at the heart of any successful school. Teachers at Markethill High School seek to create an appetite for learning that endures beyond school and into adult life, and which is characterised by curiosity and creativity.

The list below, taken from our teaching and learning handbook, outlines what we consider to be the main features of effective learning and teaching:

  • High expectations of pupils.

  • The development of literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.

  • The intellectual and creative stimulation of pupils.

  • Knowledgeable, stimulating and perceptive teaching.

  • Clearly explained instructions.

  • Well structured lessons.

  • The use of a variety of methods to appeal to different learning styles.

  • Purposeful and focused group work and active learning.

  • The use of challenging questions.

  • The imaginative use of resources, including for the purposes of differentiation.

  • A pleasant and positive classroom atmosphere.

  • The use of praise and encouragement.

  • Well established routines.

  • Pupils who are keen to learn.

  • The very good progress by pupils.

  • Feedback given on attainment and progress.

  • The regular assessment of pupils’ work.

  • Excellent home-school links and communication

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