Students are engaged when they ‘devote substantial time and effort to a task, when they care about the quality of their work, and when they commit themselves because the work seems to have significance beyond its personal instrumental value.’ (Newman, 1986) Engaged students also are more likely to perform well academically.
Therefore, our teachers will use a wide range of teaching and learning strategies to engage our diverse student community. We believe that student engagement is one of the most significant factors, which impacts on learning. We therefore strive to foster student engagement by communicating with them about how they learn best and what they are most interested in.
Our founder students will be involved in the creation of curriculum themes and topics and we will include students in our regular curriculum reviews to ensure the best possible levels of student engagement. We recognise that teachers are the key players in fostering student engagement as they work directly with children and young people and are the most influential in a student’s educational experience in school. By creating a culture of achievement in classrooms, listening to students and developing interactive and relevant lessons in a supportive ethos, teachers are better able to foster high levels of student engagement.
We expect all teachers to cultivate a culture of achievement where learning is challenging, students feel comfortable asking questions and they are expected to do their best. High quality rigorous teaching and learning aligned with the standards inherent in the EYFS, NC, BTEC, IBCC and IBDP, designed to meet the needs of all students, is a key factor in promoting a culture of engagement and achievement in the classroom (Weiss & Paisley, 2004).