HRS Teaching and Learning

At The Helena Romanes school we are committed to supporting student development through the provision of high quality teaching.  Expectations of lessons have been developed by teaching staff and are outlined as our ‘HRS10’.  Helena Romanes teaching staff have an emphasis on using the most up-to-date educational research to formulate effective teaching strategies.  These expectations form the basis of lesson planning, teaching and evaluation. They are fundamental to learning at Helena Romanes. The ‘HRS10’ can be seen below:

The ‘HRS 10’

1) High expectations and ambition
Teachers have high expectations and ambition for all students.  They empower them to produce their best quality work.

2) Structured learning
Lessons are well structured and enable students to know more and remember more.  Subject content is broken down appropriately through a variety of effective learning activities (SONAR can be used to support these lesson phases).

3) Positive relationships and environment
Positivity is at the heart of every lesson and there is routine celebration of success. The learning environment is stimulating and professionally presented.

4) Objectives in their context
Students have a clear understanding of what they are expected to achieve in each lesson. Teachers are explicit about how the well sequenced curriculum builds on students’ prior learning and underpins their future study.

5) Appropriate challenge (2019-20 whole school priority)
Students are provided with appropriate levels of challenge in lessons.  As a consequence, they are fully engaged and committed to their learning.  Challenge activities avoid cognitive overload.

6) Retrieval of knowledge
Retrieval strategies improve students’ long term knowledge and understanding.  Regular low stakes assessment and research informed strategies (such as spacing and interleaving) are used effectively.

7) Discussion and questioning
Questioning and discussion clarify students’ misconceptions and deepen their knowledge and understanding.  They inform teachers’ immediate and future planning, and promote oracy and a language rich environment.

8) Modelling to aid learning
Modelling showcases exemplary work, challenges students’ misconceptions and supports teachers’ explanations. It guides students’ practice and supports them to produce high quality work.

9) Guided practice
Learning (including homework) includes opportunities for students to practice independently. Students have the opportunity to ask questions, check their understanding and embed their knowledge and understanding.

10) Assessment and feedback
Routine formative and summative assessment celebrates success and challenges misconceptions. Live marking and whole class feedback support progress ‘in the moment’. Feedback is always more work for the recipient than the donor.