Principles of Great Learning

We believe that the following principles underpin great learning at Tarporley and maximise our students' capacity to learn.  The principles of Great Learning complement a set of principles for Inspiring Teaching which support both our training and evaluation of teaching.   The principles of Great Learning are as follows:

Being absorbed in your learning: Taking an active role in your learning

Being absorbed in your learning happens when:

  • You are fascinated by your learning and demonstrate curiosity
  • You embrace challenge as an opportunity to learn
  • You can cooperate and collaborate with others

Confident communication: Expressing yourself and conveying ideas and information primarily through spoken and written language but also other media such as visual arts, music, performance, sports and technology.

Confident communication happens when:

  • You share your ideas with conviction
  • You articulate your ideas clearly and use this as an opportunity to refine and improve your thinking
  • You use subject specific terminology and apply it to your learning

Critical thinking: Applying Theory, investigating ideas

Critical thinking happens when you:

  • Explore/investigate ideas
  • Apply theories to your learning
  • Analyse & interpret ideas
  • Work through solutions

Independent Learning: Planning, checking and self-correcting your learning to improve

Independent Learning happens when:

  • You plan your learning carefully and think about what to include /what to be aware of
  • You self-check your learning to see what you have included/what is missing and make changes to improve
  • You embrace opportunities to extend and consolidate your learning outside of lessons

Positive Mindset & Resilience: Maximising your capacity to learn and improve

Positive mindset and resilience happen when:

  • You persevere if you make a mistake or find something difficult and understand this is an important part of learning
  • You find strategies to overcome difficulty
  • You believe in hard work leading to success

Reflective Learning: Looking back and learning from learning

Reflective learning happens when:

  • You ask questions about your learning that help you to improve.
  • You learn from feedback and mistakes so that you can improve
  • You find strategies to help you improve your learning

Rigour & Scholarship: Going the extra mile and being proud of your achievements

Rigour & scholarship happen when:

  • You are meticulous and precise in your learning
  • You are focused on the best possible outcome by always giving your best efforts
  • You are proud of your learning and share your ideas with others
  • You celebrate the learning of others and learn from it