Mull school is put on education world map
AN ARGYLL and Bute school is one of just 15 from around the world featured in a new book written by one of the most influential and respected education academics of recent times.
Tobermory High School, on Mull, ensures pupils are routinely engaged in planning their own lessons with teachers, and it is this learning approach that is featured in Professor John Hattie’s book Visible Learning into Action, which came out of research he had previously carried out.
The teaching method has been credited with helping to improve outcomes for pupils at the school since it was adopted in 2013 and has changed the mindset of some pupils who previously had an over-reliance on their teachers.
The school, which has 230 pupils from under-fives to sixth year, has lead learners in S1-3 who assist with planning pieces of work with teachers, write learning outcomes for lessons, observe in class and provide feedback to teachers.
Head teacher at Tobermory High Craig Biddick said: ‘We are honoured to be featured in Professor Hattie’s publication.
‘At first some of the staff were unsure about how we could put the method into practice.
‘However, the new teaching approach has helped us to identify clear areas for focus and improvement, and has been one of the main drivers behind change in the school.
‘We found that after primary some students become less engaged, and for a number of pupils learning is often too passive and is something done to them – not something they actively engage themselves in. We wanted to change this.
‘Not only does Visible Learning give pupils more responsibility, it also enables them to take more control of their future, assess their own performance and makes learning more enjoyable. There is a greater focus on partnership between teachers and learners.’