Mull school is put on ed­u­ca­tion world map

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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