Teaching & Learning2018-03-28T10:29:18+00:00

Teaching & Learning

Learning as a community in Christ.

As a learning community we live out our mission statement and strive for excellence in all aspects of teaching and learning.

At Saint John Fisher we are seeking to establish a consistent approach by all members of the school community that will ensure that students are taught in a stimulating, engaging and challenging environment; creating resilient and independent learners. We want our students to enjoy and thrive in a learning environment where they receive outstanding opportunities.

The best quality teaching and learning is what we strive for in our school. It is expected that staff plan imaginative and engaging lessons which are tailored and differentiated to meet the needs of different groups of learners in their classes. The school works hard to ensure that the most able are stretched and the least able fully supported so that all students can exceed their potential.

The opportunity for staff professional development, debate and sharing good practice is crucial to effective teaching and learning at Saint John Fisher. We encourage staff to take an active lead in researching and delivering INSET and learning programmes. The teaching and learning group informs, delivers and guides the teaching and learning agenda throughout the school.

We believe that good outcomes are directly related to positive relationships between students, parents and staff.


Staff CPD is crucial to the development of teaching, learning and assessment at Saint John Fisher. As well as statutory training all staff receive, staff will also take part in five focus areas through twilight INSET these are:
– Behaviour
– The most able – stretch and challenge
– Growth Mindsets
-Catholic ethos
– Data handling
Also as part of Twilight INSET, each department will have three specific foci in relation to departmental development. These may include moderation, development on new schemes of work in light of changes at GCSE and standardisation of assessments.
These sessions are related to the school SEF and objectives for performance management.
All teaching staff are also part of a triad. This allows staff to observe good practice outside their subject area. The focus for the year, linked to the school development plan, is stretch and challenge across the ability range. The triads allow the continued development of cross-curricular links which are important if the school is to embed further a culture of reflection and evaluation in relation to raising levels of attainment.


CPD Overview – Spring Term

Teaching & Learning Triads – Learning Reflection Process

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Teaching & Learning Bulletins

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Teaching & Learning Agenda Minutes

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Year 7 Teaching and Learning Evening

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Latest News

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Year 9 Parents’ Evening

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Running superstars

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