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    Principles which underpin E4L


    The key features of personalised learning are;-

    - effective assessment for learning
    - developing the competence and confidence of every learner by using a wide repertoire of - teaching and learning strategies
    - flexible learning pathways that take into account entitlement and choice
    - creative ways of organising schools and learning, including the use of online and electronic media, target-setting and tracking information
    - strong partnerships beyond the school

    The key features of meaningful learning are;-
    - pupils identifying a rationale for the learning they are doing
    - the curriculum which is responsive to pupils’ needs and, where possible, interests and those of their local community
    - developing skills for lifelong learning and “real-world” applications are evident
    - pupil engagement is high
    - opportunities for reflection are built into programmes of study

    The key features of assessment for learning are;-
    - a view of teaching and learning in which AfL is an integral part
    - learning goals are shared with pupils
    - helping pupils to recognise the standards for which they are aiming and take responsibility for their own learning
    - involving pupils in (peer and) self assessment
    - providing feedback, which leads to pupils recognising their next steps and how to take them
    - promoting confidence that every pupil can improve
    - involving both teacher and pupils reviewing and reflecting on assessment information
    - supporting self-reflection on how learners are learning

    The key features of connected learning are;-

    - connecting learning to learners’ prior experience
    - making explicit relationship between knowledge and skills in different contexts
    - encouraging the transfer of knowledge and skills across different contexts

    The key features of active learning are;-

    - seeing learning as something learners do, and have control of
    - developing a climate of enquiry and learning in every classroom
    - promoting independence and self-regulation in learners, to manage own learning
    - promoting creativity, enjoyment, high levels of involvement and challenge

    The key features of partnerships with the community are;-
    - interventions which seek to develop learning conversations between parents/carers and pupils, at home
    - working actively to engage all parents with the education of pupils
    - taking account of the views of parents/carers in decisions about the life of the school
    - taking account of the local context in decisions about the life of the school

    The key features of pupil voice are;-

    - consultation with pupils about key aspects of the school’s work
    - involvement of pupils in leadership roles which are critical to the work of the school
    - the development of a listening culture, such that pupils feel that their opinions are respected

    The key features of learning through enquiry are;-
    - a systematic process for the answering of questions, based on evidence-gathering, analysis and reflection
    - encouragement and support for genuine discussion
    - pupils demonstrating high levels of independent thought and managing the parameters for their own work
    - teacher in role of facilitator of learning
    - pupils given plenty of time and space, to follow lines of enquiry

    The key features of inclusive learning are;-
    - recognising the right of all learners to an appropriate educational environment that meets their learning needs, based on a continuum of care, support and provision
    - valuing all students equally
    - aiming to increase participation and lessen exclusion from school’s provision, by reducing barriers to learning
    - understanding the diversity of backgrounds and abilities as a support, not an impediment, to learning
    - relating inclusion in schools to a broader social agenda that seeks to reflect a fair, just and tolerant Manx society

    The key features of challenging and engaging learning are;-
    - a recognition of the entitlement of all pupils to challenging and engaging activities within a supportive learning environment
    - pupils demonstrating high levels of motivation and engagement as a result of activities which are well matched to ability levels
    - a range of teaching strategies are used which appeal to visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners
    - frequent opportunities are provided for independent learning, problem-solving, open-ended tasks and investigative work


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