As per the standards set for High Reliability Schools, a professional teaching framework is required to improve the professional teaching and learning standards within the school. Since 2014, Flagstaff Hill R-7 School has focussed on the Art and Science of Teaching (ASOT) framework. Our school has chosen to make ASOT Design Question 1 a priority. It asks, 'What will the school do to establish and communicate learning goals, track student progress and celebrate success?' In short, our school improvement plan has prioritised making learning visible to both pupils and parents.
All staff are using the formats of WALT (We Are Learning To...) and WILF (What I'm Looking For...) to make learning goals clear and explicit in all English and Mathematics lessons. Staff are also creating and implementing 'tuft sheets' (child-friendly proficiency scales) to share unit learning goals and assessment criteria with students. Students are learning to track their individual progress on tuft sheets and demonstrate their learning successes.
All professional development opportunities, including student-free days and teacher meetings, relate specifically to the ASOT journey with the intention of further embedding our practice.