The Science of Learning
We believe in preparing our students for the world of tomorrow, in equipping them with the skills and knowledge they’ll need to make a lasting, positive contribution. That’s why we want to ensure that every child in our care benefits from the very best teaching and learning experiences possible.
Teaching at our Academy is therefore underpinned by the ‘Science of Learning’. It’s our acknowledgement that, in order for our students to learn most effectively, our teachers need to understand how the brain learns best. Because it’s by understanding the cognitive architecture of the brain, how knowledge itself is constructed in the brain, as well as the importance memory plays in deep learning and understanding, that our teachers are able to deliver an unparalleled learning experience.
That said, we’re the first to acknowledge that there is more ‘art’ to teaching than science – and that should never change. Yet it’s by being at the forefront of evidence-based, cognitive science approaches to teaching and by using evidence-informed strategies that maximise the brain’s capabilities, that we can give our students an edge and the best possible chance of success, readying them to take on whatever challenges the future may bring.
Our world-class approach to teaching and learning manifests itself across the Academy in the following ways:
· Our entire Academy leadership team has been trained in the Science of Learning
· We’re committed to ensuring all our parents and students fully understand and appreciate the benefits of our approach
· Every teacher at the Academy understands how memory works and how best to support students in realising their learning potential
· Our strategies are focused on enhancing attention, encoding, cognitive loading, retrieval and remembering – in simple terms, that means helping students get the most out of their education
· Our Science of Learning approach is carefully applied to curriculum design as well as long- and short-term planning
· We place strong emphasis on student wellbeing, recognising the important role that this plays in effective learning