Attitude to Learning

Information for parents/carers

Ormiston Chadwick Academy Expectations.

The academy has expectations that are shared between the staff and students so that all students have a right to learn and all staff have a right to facilitate learning:

· To always treat others fairly and with respect
· To take responsibility for their own learning and the learning of others
· To look after and respect the school environment and resources
· To be on time and prepared for learning
· To be actively involved and proud of themselves and the Ormiston Chadwick Academy community.

At times it is necessary to issue sanctions to students who do not demonstrate a positive attitude to learning, these may include the following:

· 30 minute detention for failure to bring full equipment 3 times in a week.
· 30 minute detention for failure to bring in homework.
· Uniform to be corrected, shoes provided if inappropriate footwear is worn.
· Detaining a student at break, lunch or after school.
· Verbal warning may be used in class to make it clear the student’s attitude needs to improve.
· Removal to a ‘buddy’ may be used in class which means a student is asked to leave the class and work with another teacher.
· 3 or more grade 3’s in a week (see descriptions below) to result in receiving an Attitude to Learning report card.

All negative attitudes to learning and sanctions are recorded on SIMS which is the school’s electronic recording system.

What can I do to help?

· Ensure that your child goes to school every day, on time, in the correct uniform and with basic equipment such as their pen, pencil, ruler and planner.
· Let the school know about any issues that might affect your child’s learning
· Support your child in homework and other opportunities for home learning and sign their student planner each week.
· Be involved in discussions regarding your child’s progress and attend Parents Evening.

Criteria for Attitude to Learning Grades (AtL)

1: Outstanding
A learner’s attitude to their studies is exemplary in all aspects of their work. They engage positively in all lessons and, in line with their ability, demonstrate consistently outstanding levels of commitment and dedication to the learning process. This includes ensuring they have the necessary equipment and homework is always completed on time and to the very best of their ability.

2: Good
A learner makes a consistently positive contribution during all lessons. They participate fully and engage readily both in independent and group work. They set a positive example for others to follow, have the necessary equipment and homework is completed on time and to a good standard.

3:Requires Improvement
A learner demonstrates unacceptable levels of application to the subject area. Their engagement in class is minimal and they make little or no attempt to complete work or enter discussion, despite positive teacher intervention. They demonstrate poor levels of motivation which may include a lack of equipment, late completion of homework and a poor standard of work both in and out of the classroom.