Planning Learning

Last week we met again with our #visibleNQTs.  The focus of the session was planning learning and linked with a session with Nicola McDowell (School Group Manager) on planning.  Nicola and I have a confession to make, we cannot understand why we did not plan the two sessions together, it’s so obvious to us now and we will certainly do this next year!

We started the session with a quick reminder of the five strands that NQTs were introduced to on the induction day in August.  The primary goal of the visible learning sessions are to support NQTs to understand the key characteristics of Visible Learners and develop practice which actively promotes this.

During the session we

  • Shared and reflected on school based learning
  • Linked learning to the previous session on planning
  • Shared practice from teachers in our schools
  • Reviewed key principles from the Visible Learning research

The primary and secondary presentations can be viewed below



Primary NQTs had the opportunity to hear from Kerry Dolan (Hawthornden) and Kirsty Stadnick (Gorebridge) about how they plan learning.  Kerry made explicit links to how her approach to planning makes learning visible and explicit for her learners and actively develops visible learners.  There were clear similarities between the approaches of Kerry and Kirsty and it was interesting to see how the key principles can be applied in slightly different ways.

You can download Kerry’s presentation below:

Kerry Dolan – Hawthornden

We asked NQTs to identify the key messages that were emerging, here is what they said:

Key themes - Primary NQTs

Secondary NQTs had an interesting session from Jordan-Leigh Cunningham (Newbattle) and Lisa McGlade (Beeslack).  Jordan-Leigh shared a framework for planning that was developed by Crammlington School and how she uses Solo Taxonomy to plan for deep learning.  It was interesting to hear how an example of how a pupil was able to transfer this framework to other subjects.   Lisa shared some reflections on learning intentions and success criteria based on recent work in Beeslack to review how well we are using LIs and SC to develop visible learners.  You can download the presentations below:

Lisa McGlade – Beeslack

Jordan-Leigh Cunningham

Secondary NQTs were asked to post-it note the key themes and areas they feel strongest in and the areas they feel most challenging, here is what they said:

Key themes - Secondary NQTs   IMG_0118

School based Learning

We have asked NQTs to work with their supporter use the wheel to establish;

  • —Where you are now? How do you know?
  • —It’s ok to have a ‘don’t know’ – what do you need to do to find out?
  • —Choose one element to focus on.
  • What will you do to develop your practice in this area?
  • —How will you know if it’s having an impact? How will you measure/ record this?
  • —Revisit checklist prior to the session in January (I will send a reminder)

I will send a surveymonkey link for NQTs to enter their ratings now and in January – this will give us useful information for planning sessions.  NQTs should be prepared to share this at the next session and to reflect with their support on which standards this relates to.  The learning carried out here could be built on for the research project.