Teaching and Learning Policy

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Teaching and Learning Policy



At East Rainton we believe that given the right opportunities there is no limit to a child’s potential. We encourage all children by listening to them, nurturing them, teaching and challenging them in the most appropriate ways. We promote justice, fairness and equality in all areas of school life. We respect all members of the school community and value everyone equally.




Our aims for teaching and learning are that all children will:

  • Achieve their potential in all terms of academic achievement and personal awareness.
  • Be tolerant and understanding with the respect for the rights, view and property of others.
  • Develop a responsible and independent attitude towards work and towards their roles in society.

We see teaching and learning as a process of co-operative team work and welcome and encourage the involvement of parents, the community and other outside agencies.




We believe that effective learning takes place when:

  • Pupils feel valued as individuals and are actively involved in the learning process.
  • Classroom relationships are built on mutual tolerance and respect
  • Pupils are encouraged by their teachers and are given opportunities to enjoy a genuine sense of achievement.
  • There is common awareness that high standards of self-discipline and order are expected.
  • The environment in which pupils and teachers are working is stimulating, comfortable and safe.
  • Lessons are well prepared with tasks and resources appropriate to pupils learning needs.
  • All staff are respected.



All members of East Rainton’s school community (teaching and non-teaching staff, parents, pupils, governors and visitors) are expected to work towards the school’s aims by:

  • Valuing children as individuals and respecting their right to education in a caring, secure environment.
  • Fostering and promoting good relationships and a sense of belonging to the school community.
  • Providing a well ordered environment in which all are fully aware of behavioural expectations.
  • Providing appropriate quality resources.
  • Offering equal opportunities in all aspects of school life.
  • Encouraging, praising and positively reinforcing good relationships, behaviour and work.
  • Working as a team, supporting and encouraging one another.

Teachers work towards the school’s aims by:


  • Valuing children’s work through providing verbal and written feedback. (See marking Policy)
  • Providing a stimulating programme of study ensuring that the teaching styles, resources and tools pupils encounter are varied and challenging, offering opportunities for the highest standard of personal achievement.
  • Providing lessons which are well planned, prepared, structured and paced to make effective use of the time available.
  • Ensuring, through assessment and accurate record keeping, that learning is progressive and continuous.
  • Ensuring that pupils have a clear and common understanding of the high expectations held of them.
  • Giving pupils opportunities to review and reflect upon their progress.
  • Maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of the subject they are delivering.
  • Establish links with the local and wider community, other schools and agencies.
  • Ensuring that resources are appropriate and where possible accessible for pupils to select and use independently.
  • Ensure that the classroom and school environments attractive, well organised and tidy, challenging and stimulating.
  • Communicating with parents about their child’s progress and behaviour.
  • Providing homework, as appropriate.

Pupils work towards the school’s aims by:


  • Respecting and co-operating with each other in the classroom and the playground.
  • Respecting all school equipment and that of others.
  • Being positive towards all aspects of school life.
  • Respecting all school staff.
  • Using appropriate voices and language.
  • Coming to school each day.
  • Being punctual and ready to begin lessons.
  • Being organised and bringing appropriate kits, taking letters home and returning same, returning reading books and homework at the appropriate times.
  • Making full use of all of the opportunities with which they are presented.

Parents work towards the school’s aims by:


  • Ensuring that their child attends school in good health, regularly and punctually.
  • Ensuring that their child has the correct uniform and kits.
  • Being realistic about their child’s abilities and offering them encouragement and praise.
  • Participating in discussion concerning their child’s progress and attainments.
  • Giving due importance to homework and reading activities.
  • Allowing their child to take increasing responsibility as they progress through school.
  • Keeping staff informed of any changes in the child’s circumstances which may affect their learning.
  • By supporting the school in the decision making process involved in their child’s learning and behaviour.

Teaching and Learning


East Rainton’s curriculum is organised in a combination of cross curricular topics and discrete subject teaching, as appropriate.

Every attempt is made to organise classes by age, however, as we are a small school this is not always possible. Where numbers do not allow single year, vertical grouping of not more than two groups is necessary.

Within each class, whole class, group work and individual work are used, as appropriate. Children are grouped to suit the task, this maybe by mixed ability, paired or same ability groups, as appropriate.

All teachers teach all subjects and are encouraged to seek the advice and support of subject leaders, where appropriate.

Higher level teaching assistants and teaching assistants are used as classroom support under the direction of class teachers.

Homework is seen as a vital and valuable element of teaching and learning at East Rainton.


Excellence in achievement and effort is celebrated by children:


  • Having their work displayed within school.
  • Having their achievements celebrated in a special Friday Celebration Assembly.
  • Receiving stars, stickers, house points etc as used by individual class teachers.
  • Showing particularly good pieces of work to the head teacher.
  • Having their work valued and marked using agreed systems. (See Marking Policy)

At East Rainton will ensure that the head teacher together with the senior management team, teachers, classroom support staff and governors will all work together to ensure that teaching and learning at is of the highest quality possible.