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Duke Street Primary School aims to:

  • provide a secure, caring and stimulating learning environment,
  • promote self-discipline, moral values and self-esteem,
  • set challenging yet realistic goals in order to allow each child and member of staff to reach his or her potential
  • encourage an enthusiastic attitude to learning through a well-balanced and varied curriculum.
  • work in partnership with parents to provide the best for each child in order to get the best from each child
  • offer colleagues an enjoyable, positive environment in which to work, fostering both team commitment and the well-being of everyone within our school.

Principles for Learning and Teaching

At Duke Street we will:

♦set high expectations and give every learner confidence they can succeed

• raise learner’s aspirations

• secure the active support of parents in their children’s learning and encourage children to extend learning beyond school

• demonstrate a commitment to every learner’s success, making them feel included, valued and secure

♦establish what the children know and build on it

• set, share and display learning objectives, explaining them and making every learning experience count

• create secure foundations for subsequent learning

♦structure and pace learning experiences to make them challenging and enjoyable

• include visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities

• set up classroom environments which encourage children’s independence

• provide opportunities to solve problems

• make creative use of range of learning opportunities available, within and beyond the classroom, including ICT

♦inspire through passion for the subject

• bring the subject alive

• value contributions from the wider community

• make it relevant to the learner’s wider goals and concerns

♦make individuals active partners in their learning

• promote reflection and evaluation with regards to how they learn and what they have learned

• build respectful teacher-learner relationships that take learners’ views and experience fully into account

• use assessment for learning to inform subsequent planning and practice

♦develop learning skills and personal qualities

• develop the ability to think systematically and manage information,

• learn with others, from others and help others learn


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