'I can do all things with the help of God who strengthens me.' Philippians (4:13)

A Prayer for Teaching & Learning

If a child lives with criticism, they learn to condemn.

If a child lives with hostility, they learn to fight.

If a child lives with ridicule, they learn to be shy.

If a child lives with tolerance, they learn to be patient.

If a child lives with encouragement, they learn confidence.

If a child lives with praise, they learn to appreciate.

If a child lives with fairness, they learn justice.

If a child lives with approval, they learn to like themselves.

If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, they learn to find love in the world.

And if a child lives with prayer, they learn to be thoughtful of others and the world, to build a relationship with God, and will have time and space to reflect and grow.


Autumn Term 2023
Teaching and Learning briefings at the start of the year were focused on improving the use of IT within the classroom. We had some very useful workshops led by experienced staff on how to use Teams, Excel and iPads to help support teaching and learning. In addition to this, we have also had some very insightful sessions on behaviour management, effective group work and SEND. 
Last year, some members of staff took part in an Aspiring Leaders programme, which enabled them to gain experience into middle leadership. Through this, they undertook initiatives to try to raise the attainment of a chosen niche group. As part of our Teaching and Learning briefings, we have also been hearing from these members of staff to find out about the outcomes of their work. 
On Friday 24th November we had an INSET day which was focused on improving active learning and engagement within lessons. We were lucky enough to have Tanya Riordan from the University of Portsmouth to present to us about adapted learning, which proved very useful. We then undertook 3 workshops, planned and delivered by members of staff on engagement, pace and challenge. The workshops were very insightful and provided some excellent training for staff on the key areas.

Teaching & Learning

At St Edmund’s, all lessons follow the ‘The St Edmund’s Learning Cycle’.

The Learning Cycle consists of 2 wheels that work in conjunction with one another to ensure that lessons are engaging, of a high quality and are meeting the needs of all pupils.

The inner wheel shows the lesson structure, comprising of 6 sections: Prepare for Learning, WALTS and WILFS, Learn New Information, Explore and Understand, Show Your Learning and Review. By embedding this lesson structure, it has helped to ensure that teaching and learning across the school is consistent and it ensures that pupils know what is expected of them as the lesson progresses.

The outer wheel shows the underpinning elements for each lesson and comprises of 7 sections: Responsive Teaching, Challenge and Taking Risks, Feedback for Learning, Numeracy and Literacy, Recall, Cross-curricular Links and Climate for Learning. These elements form the foundation of each lesson and underpin the teaching and learning that takes place.

Teaching and Learning Briefings

Every Tuesday, all teaching staff attend teaching and learning briefings. The aim of these briefings is to maintain the high standard of teaching and learning at St Edmund’s and to enable staff to share good practice.

Topics include:

  • The St Edmund’s Learning Cycle and how it can be effectively implemented
  • SEND/EAL support
  • Numeracy and Literacy
  • Challenging High Flyers
  • Use of IT in the classroom
  • Supporting pupils with visual impairment
  • Cross-curricular Links
  • Marking & Feedback
  • Language in the classroom
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Niche groups
  • Adaptive Learning