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Teaching and learning

The Hewett Academy Norwich exists to provide the highest quality education for our pupils. We have a strong focus on ensuring top-quality teaching and learning and, together with our curriculum, will provide a first-class education to the children in our community.

We have a simple way of looking at our lessons at The Hewett Academy - focusing on teaching rather than testing. The students and staff all use the same ten-point list as a guide for their lessons:

  1. We have a “knowledge-rich curriculum” and so lessons will be planned by subject specialists designed to promote challenge for all.
  2. The curriculum is our progress model; we know that students have made progress when they have learnt, over time, the core knowledge from the lessons. We ensure this is done through our quizzes and a termly assessment (KS3) or half-termly assessment (KS4).

  3. Our lessons will start with all students lining up outside of the classroom with their eyes forward, shoulder against the wall, bags and coats off their backs. They then enter the room in silence, standing behind their chairs, and with their equipment, including the planner, out on the desk. The students then wait, silently, for instructions.

  4. Our lessons will often begin with the chance to recap on prior learning through quizzing.

  5. We share the language of learning; “eyes on me” for the class to pay attention to the teacher, sit up straight, and be silent ready for the delivery of new knowledge.

  6. If the teacher says “and begin”, the students know to start their work and to complete all written work in silence. Student work is well presented with titles and date underlined, written work in pen and diagrams in pencil, any mistakes crossed out with a single line through it. No work should fall out of the books.

  7. All lessons will include an element of silent written work and will end with a recap on the key knowledge and understanding from that class.

  8. At the end of the lesson, students leave in silence. They then quickly and sensibly proceed to their next lesson.

  9. When student books are marked, they are given the chance to reflect on what the teacher has said and to improve their work based on that feedback.

  10. Students learn both inside and outside of the lesson; they complete regular homework and work through our knowledge organisers to ensure they can take full advantage of the class teaching.