What is Personalised Learning?
Getting to know a student well demands real skill and commitment from our teachers. Not only do teachers have detailed information on the specifics of what a student already knows, but they also need to know about their general competencies, aptitudes, interests, aspirations and motivations.
Teachers need to know how to ask their students the right questions, differentiate work in the classroom to ensure each child’s learning is appropriately stretched to where they are, in that moment. Learning goals are specific to each student and are developed together with them.
Personalised learning gives students the opportunity to develop their interests and passions. Students are given greater discretion in the learning activities they wish to pursue, and teachers adjust their teaching strategies to support them.
Source: Nord Anglia Education
Sustaining the successful delivery of personalised learning is pastoral care or support. Students are provided with a support system, which Puttock refers to as “Team You”, in order to achieve and succeed academically and personally. “Struggling at school is tough; it’s emotionally draining and therefore you need to be surrounded by people who will pick you up and support you, challenge you and prod you a little bit when it needs to be done,” Mr Puttock said. In fact, it leads to student well-being, an aspect in traditional learning environments that is often overlooked, said Puttock. “It’s the best approach for their self-esteem and self-confidence. These two things alone tell me it has got to be the better route to follow.”
Nord Anglia Education’s approach to personalised learning