Teaching & Learning

Our Mission Statement:

“At GAC, we believe that our students are entitled to good lessons as standard. We believe good classroom practitioners do certain things and that all lessons will include certain elements. These elements will make all lessons engaging, interactive and challenging for our students.”

Our four key learning elements are:

Collaboration in learning

Communication in, and of, learning

Critical Thinking in learning

Creativity in learning

 

Consistent lessons, including these elements, will ensure that our students make strong progress in all lessons, ensuring excellent achievement in assessments and ultimately in end of Key Stage national tests, where applicable.

At Grace Academy Coventry, we believe that the teaching and learning in all lessons will not only give our students the knowledge and skills do achieve well academically, but will also help to develop the skills needed to successfully deal with challenging situations in the world outside the classroom, whether in employment, higher education, or socially.

We believe in a broad and balanced curriculum. This is based around a strong core of mandatory subjects, such as English, Maths, Science and PE. This is enhanced by a range of subjects that will enable our students to be successful adults in their everyday life, from Humanities, Creative Arts, Technology, and Modern Foreign Languages. Our goal is to produce confident and resilient students through excellent teaching and learning.

 

Kagan Structures:

Dr Spencer Kagan is an American Educational Psychologist. His main passion centres around learning in the classroom and how structures and promote positive attitudes to learning.  Dr Kagan’s research is based on the ways to create harmonious classrooms where students are involved and engaged. As a side-note, he believes his classroom structures enable real-world skills such as teamwork and communication.

All lessons at Grace Academy will be underpinned by a Kagan structure. Kagan is a framework which allows for Talk for Writing, and promotes paired and group discussion. In short, Kagan’s Cooperative Principles should be evident in lessons. Students should be given time to work in pairs and groups to discuss ideas, particularly before answering questions or writing a response.