New Cohort of NQTs – Introduction to Visible Learning

As many schools have started their Visible Learning journey by exploring the question ‘what makes a good learner’ with learners, parents and teachers we engaged NQTs in this as well.  We created a post-it wall of ideas; confident, takes risks, not afraid to make mistakes, enthusiastic, able to reflect on feedback, resilient, determination, asks questions.


We want to develop assessment capable learners and we need to keep reminding ourselves of this focus.  We linked this to the culture and ethos of the learning environment and how student – teacher relationships play a central role in this.  We used my all time favourite TED talk to exemplify this.  I have seen Rita Pierson’s ‘Every Child Needs a Champion’ many many times but every time I laugh and I am inspired. If you haven’t watched, please take 8 minutes to watch this.

Kerry explained a little bit about how she worked with her class last year to build a shared language of learning, a growth mindset culture in which mistakes are valued and enjoyed as part of the learning process.  Central to developing this was not just the practical tools of language, mindset etc but establishing a culture within the class and between each other that is based on trust and understanding.  This led to a shared exploration of the Learning Pit by James Nottingham and if you don’t know about the Learning Pit, P6 can tell you all about it. They made the video below to share with their families and other pupils because it had helped them so much in their learning and their understanding of their learning.

You can view Kerry’s key messages by clicking on the link below.

Visible Learning Key Messages

School based learning

Each session we will set some tasks or questions that we will ask NQTs to do in their class or school with the expectation that they will share this with their colleagues at the next session.  We will also ask them to share or discuss this with their supporters.  The school based learning we have asked NQTs to engage in is detailed below:

  1. We would like each NQT to engage in some evidence gathering with their class or one of their classes to establish a baseline – we want them to find out how assessment capable their learners are.  We have provided some questions that might help them to structure this but we know they will have lots of ideas about how they might do this and discussions with their supporters will help.  We would like supporters and NQTs to discuss this the evidence they gather and what this means – what action needs to be taken?
  2. NQTs should reflect on the standards for registration with their supporter and consider which one the task above relates to and how it contributes to achieving that standard.
  3. NQTs should read chapter 4 of the Visible Learning For Teachers book before planning sessions with Nicola McDowell (30.9.15 & 2.10.15)
  4. NQTs should read chapter 5 of the Visible Learning For Teachers book before the next Visible Learning session (11.11.15. & 13.11.15)

Thanks to all who contributed to the session today, especially the NQTs.  Good luck for next week!


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