Quality Assurance Intent
Quality Assurance is at the centre of the academies drive to ensure to create a coherent and consistent level of high quality teaching, supporting our desire to foster high expectations of both students and staff in the classroom. QA provides clear direction for the academies professional development and that of the curriculum as a whole, while also safeguarding staffs wellbeing through a constant review of working practises across the academy. Our QA is driven by the wider leadership group but is also supported by our thriving teaching and learning group that looks to improve pedagogical impact across the whole teaching body. We as an academy undertake a full range of QA activities including lesson visits, learning walks, work scrutiny, student voice, subject reviews, year group reviews, link meetings and the use of external QA from governorship and MAT links.
To reflect our values of high quality teaching and learning we expect our lessons it exhibit the following elements: -
Students need to be engaged in their work, contributing to the lesson and actively thinking about how they can improve their own learning skills, in doing so aspiring to achieve their full potential.
Using the whole class marking system and our in class verbal feedback needs to ensure that all students understand their current learning position and how to move forward and make progress.
Questioning needs to support and deepen the learning of all students, addressing misconceptions, and building both creativity and confident of the students to explore their own thinking on a topic. A broad range of techniques need to be seen and used in conjunction with feedback to support student engagement across a spectrum of differing abilities.
Pace and Challenge
Lessons need to match the curriculum intent and the level of ability of the students so as to stretch their skills in a safe learning environment without encouraging cognitive overload. Pace that encourages students learning and is supported by the use of appropriate resources, modelling, recall opportunities and knowledge organisers to provide a supportive yet aspiring learning environment.
The lessons need to demonstrate that wider curriculum is explored in a safe way and students are happy and feel their wellbeing is being catered for by the member of staff. The staff need to ensure they encourage tolerance and develop student’s ability to think independently through the provision of the correct learning material and opportunities.
We take very seriously our responsibility to prepare our pupils for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the Fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed, taught and inform our everyday lives in school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering pupils’ understanding of these concepts and, in particular, our PSHE curriculum provides excellent opportunities to deepen and develop students’ appreciation of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and mutual respect.
Pupils are encouraged to embrace these concepts with enthusiasm, and demonstrate a good understanding of their application to their own lives.
The Manor Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We recognise safeguarding incidents and / or behaviours can be associated with factors outside of school and can occur between children and adults both inside and outside of school. All our staff, but particularly our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL’s), will consider the context within which such incidents and behaviours occur. We recognise this is known as ‘contextual safeguarding’ and we will consider it by assessing whether wider environmental factors, present in a child’s life, may threaten their safety or welfare. In such cases we will work with safeguarding agencies and support the child and family as part of any referral process. The curriculum is shaped to flex, so that any regular trends or patterns of types of concern are picked up. Students are then supported with additional awareness of how to protect themselves from any known types of harm. Currently the teaching focuses upon raising awareness of ‘self-harm, suicidal thoughts and neglect’.
To find more information on safeguarding at the Manor Academy, click on the following link. Safeguarding