St Brendan's School

Philosophy

Professor John Hattie’s research shows that the greatest impact on student achievement is teacher practice. Students are more likely to achieve when teachers set high expectations, provide timely, quality feedback and empower student’s to take responsibility for their own learning.

Our teaching and learning programmes aim to clearly set high expectations and engage pupils in formulating and analyzing their performance against, specific learning criteria. We support students in identifying their next learning steps and report these on a regular basis to our parents through Student lead conferences.

We recognize that it takes a community to develop a whole child and feedback and support are regularly sought to develop, implement and refine teaching and learning programmes. The Catholic ethos of our school community determines how we act and interact.

Our teaching and learning programmes are based on self-review data including community feedback and achievement data and aim to teach according to student needs. Priority is given to Religious Education, Literacy and Numeracy.

In creating a community of learning, teachers are also encouraged and supported in their own ongoing learning journey. This helps them to refine their practice and better meet the needs of students.

St Brendan School is committed to acting consistently with these beliefs:

All students can learn and achieve to their full potential.
The primary purpose of assessment is to guide teaching and learning.
For optimum learning to occur students need to believe that they are valued and supported.

We intend to report student progress and achievement in a manner that is consistent with our beliefs and current practice.

Yours sincerely,

Veronica Sawers
Principal

“By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn.”
Latin Proverb

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