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Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Pupils are enthusiastic learners and love coming to school. One commented, ‘it’s the best school in the world!’ This is attributable to the effort teachers put into their planning for their lessons. They make learning fun and this captivates pupils’ interest. Teachers also exhibit strong subject knowledge, leading to positive learning experiences in all classrooms.

Leaders refer to Hayes as an ‘AfL’ school and these strategies are used effectively in class to enhance learning. The use of talk-partners is widespread as this enables pupils to share ideas. Pupils confidently discuss their work with peers and other adults alike.

Pupils take pride in their work and their books are well presented. The quality and quantity of work leads to pupils making strong progress over time. Marking is generally consistent and, in the best examples, helps pupils to achieve specific next steps in their learning.

Teachers make learning exciting. Their engaging, sometimes charismatic, teaching styles motivate pupils to work hard. Behaviour for learning is extremely positive and teachers’ skilful questioning techniques probe understanding effectively. High expectations of classroom behaviour contribute to high levels of engagement.

Positive relationships exist in classrooms between pupils and their teachers and other adults. Mutual respect is a strong feature, culminating in a harmonious, caring learning environment.

Teaching assistants (TAs) and other adults in the classroom complement the work of teaching staff. TAs support the learning of groups and individuals effectively so that these vulnerable pupils make strong progress. Close liaison with their associated class teacher enables them to make a real difference and contribution to pupils’ learning. They are a valuable and valued resource due to the bespoke CPD provided for them. To supplement teaching and learning in the classroom, the school offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities. These are well-attended and pupils say they love the opportunity to engage in a range of clubs.