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The Curriculum


ConfidenceWe believe that every student should be supported to develop a deep and broad bank of knowledge and skills that will allow them to feel truly confident and resilient throughout their life. This theme is best summarised through our approach to teaching, learning and assessment.

It is essential that all students are given the opportunity to develop and apply a range of skills in their learning in order to become a great learner.

Great learners communicate well; they enjoy reading, listen carefully to others, put effort into writing and can share their ideas with others.

Great learners show commitment; they are self-motivated and know that effort means progress. They take responsibility for their own learning

Great learners are curious; they are interested in finding out about new things. They explore issues or problems from different perspectives.

Great learners show confidence; they are not afraid to ‘fail’ and try again They have self-belief and trust in their own efforts.

Great learners are creative; they choose from a range of strategies to tackle problems. They try out alternatives and follow through on ideas.

Great learners collaborate; they know that working with others helps to develop everybody’s understanding. They show consideration for others.

Great learners celebrate learning; they engage actively with learning and reflect on their own successes. They look for positives and evaluate their experiences.

T&L-at-LawnswoodIn order for students to be truly confident and successful learners it is important that they are given the opportunity to build resilience in challenging situations and that they regularly revisit prior learning in order to secure knowledge.

All teaching staff follow a common narrative, designed to ensure that students experience the highest quality of teaching and learning in all lessons.

Effective-learningAll lessons include a 15-minute silent working session, in order to ensure that students have the confidence to try and solve problems for themselves, and to ensure that every lesson meets the needs of the many different ways in which we all learn.

The work of the Learning Scientists has also been key in driving forward our approach towards teaching and learning, in particular the approach that staff take to ensuring that students commit new learning to their long-term memory.

Our three-year cycle of continuing professional development for teaching staff forms and evidence-based action research approach, where we expect everyone to engage in the latest research regarding effective learning.

Students use thinking maps regularly throughout their lessons in order to provide them with useful tools and techniques for confidently organising their thoughts and ideas: work

We have high expectations regarding the quality of work in students’ exercise books and students respond to teacher feedback using a green pen so that they can quickly remind themselves of any gaps in their knowledge and what they have done to improve.

Regular focused home learning also helps students to secure learning from lessons.

Our TOP 3 strategies for long-term recall – research shows that THEY WORK!!

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Retrieval Practice

Retrieval Practice starts with a blank page.

You try to retrieve everything you can from memory and only then do you go back to your notes or your revision guide to identify what you’ve missed.


The Learning Scientists say:

You could try past paper question practice – find your exam papers here:

You could use a Revision Clock template to retrieve 12 topics in 3 – 4-minute blocks like this:

Revision Clock example

You could try making flashcards and using them like this:


Get yourself a ‘STUDY BUDDY’ and arrange a regular time to work together!

This will:

  • Motivate you to get started
  • Make it easier to stay focused
  • Make you start the jobs you really don’t want to do
  • Increase accountability – it will make you work!


Dual Coding

Dual Coding is using images and words together.

You make use of two thought pathways in your brain – visual & linguistic – and this helps you to remember better.


The Learning Scientists say:


Here is the theory of dual coding: 


How to draw a Mind Map:

Advice from a student like you!

Dual coding & Mind-mapping go together BUT…




Spaced Practice

Spaced Practice is deliberately spacing out your learning. You decide what you want to study and spread out reviewing it across a period of time.

Spaced practice is the exact opposite of cramming!


The Learning Scientists say:

Why Spaced Practice works and how to do it:


In one study students who spaced out their revision got an average mark of 74%, whereas those who crammed their revision got 49%!

1 hour a day for 8 days is better than 8 hours in 1 day!


Adapt is free app that will help you to space out your revision – you enter the exam boards and courses and which days you would like to study!

The app will space your retrieval out and interleave it with other subjects.

pomodroThe free Pomodoro app allows you to choose a task, start a timer and work on the task, end the task and check it off when the timer rings, take a short break, and every 4 hours you get a longer break!

It will encourage you to space your retrieval out!


Top Websites from Across the Curriculum









Business Studies








Design Technology







 Geography lessons for Key Stage 3 students - Oak National Academy (

AQA GCSE Geography - Internet Geography

 AQA A-level Geography Revision - PMT (




Germany -

Conflict in Asia -

Health and the People - 

Revision Bird

 Early Stuart England 

BCW Project













Further Maths:


PE, there is so much sport out there from every corner of the world. 




? Free Key Stage 3 Science Revision | Seneca ( 


KS3 Science - BBC Bitesize 


GCSE Combined Science - AQA Trilogy - BBC Bitesize 


Seneca - Learn 2x Faster ( 


GCSE Biology (Single Science) - AQA - BBC Bitesize 

GCSE Chemistry (Single Science) - AQA - BBC Bitesize 

GCSE Physics (Single Science) - AQA - BBC Bitesize 

Physics - A Level Resources — Isaac Physics 

Biology - AQA A-level Biology Revision - PMT ( 

Chemistry - A-Level Chemistry - Home 







Our Top Tips for Keeping Yourself Healthy & Motivated – all research-based!

Sleep is Important

Research shows that a good night’s sleep allows you to create new memory associations more effectively.

There is a strong relationship between quantity & quality of sleep and our ability to concentrate.

Exercise Improves Performance

Students who went for a 12- minute walk reported feeling 20% better & more confident than those who did not!

Those who took a walk in nature improved their performance in memory & attention tasks by 16%!

Hydration Improves Concentration

Dehydration leads to concentration loss and slows your overall cognitive processing down.

Even mild dehydration can cause lack of focus, reduced mental performance, dizziness, headaches, dry mouth, reduced cognitive abilities and tiredness.

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Developing Good Habits

Students who spent a few minutes visualising themselves studying were clearer about what they needed to do and felt less nervous.

They did 40% more revision and got over 8% more marks than those who visualised themselves performing well!

Mobile Phones Are Addictive

The mere presence of a mobile phone leads to a 20% reduction in attention, concentration and performance in tasks that are demanding and complex.

Put your phone OUT OF SIGHT or ask a parent / carer to LOOK After It for you!

Reducing Stress & Anxiety

Uncertainty is a major cause of how stressed people feel – it is the ambiguity of not knowing that causes stress.

Knowing what to expect and using all the strategies to be fully prepared for the exam season will reduce your cortisol levels – so be sure to find out all you can!

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Helpful templates & resources

Miscellaneous things to help you!

Students who revised in quiet environments performed over 60% better in an exam than those who revised listening to music that had lyrics.

All types of music lead to a reduction in exam performance!


AmbitionKnowing the end-point will help you to learn at a faster rate and achieve a higher performance.

Make sure you know exactly when all your exams are and use your end goal as a motivator.



Huge thanks to @AceThatTest, @InnerDrive and ‘The Science of Learning’ for their amazing resources!