Excellent Learners

At Cheam Common Junior Academy our aim is to developGraphic - Excellent learners artwork like a challenge and work hard children who are prepared in every way for education and life beyond our school. We are fully committed to ensuring that ours is a school where every child realises their potential. In order to achieve this aim, our teacher development programme equips staff with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to deliver lessons of consistently the highest standard.

Through our literacy, mathematics, science, computing and integrated curriculum lessons, we encourage our children to use and develop the following learner attitudes through our ‘Excellent Learners’ programme:

  • Like a challenge and work hard
  • Listen well and concentrate
  • Ask questions
  • Understand others
  • Want to improve
  • Don’t give up
  • Try new things
  • Are independent
  • Ask for help
  • Are imaginative

We believe that, by developing such learner attitudes alongside anGraphic - Excellent learners are independent excellent grasp of basic literacy and numeracy skills, our children will be equipped with the skills and attributes needed to thrive in the changing landscape of the 21st century.

Learning lenses

In every lesson, teachers and teaching assistants use ‘learning Graphic - Excellent learners ask questions lenses’. Learning lenses enable teachers to view the most important features of their teaching with a sharper focus and greater clarity, ensuring consistently excellent teaching, learning and progress. Checking, marking and assessment are key factors that affect pupil progress and are central to every lesson.


The most important measure of teaching is its impact on progress.Graphic - Excellent learners want to improve The best progress is highly visible, measurable, rapid and sustained across all subjects. This lens gives our teachers the final check as to whether the efforts of their teaching bring benefits in learning. The other six lenses are all factors that affect progress. The progress lens is therefore used in conjunction with all of the other lenses. Teachers explore and use each lens in relation to how it promotes and helps them to achieve good and outstanding progress for all of our children.

AssessmentGraphic - Excellent learners try new things

Whilst it is possible to make progress in almost anything, the assessment lens helps teachers to plan for progress for individuals in the right things, to the right, challenging standard. This lens concentrates mostly on lesson planning and its importance in focusing lessons on individuals needs and ensuring that outstanding differentiation is at the heart of every lesson.


The checking lens helps teachers to focus on the signs of progressGraphic - Excellent learners understand others during lessons. By continually checking on progress, teachers can maximise it and reshape teaching as required. Many methods of checking progress and the subsequent reshaping of lessons actually delay the progress of some pupils. This is because they are too reliant on whole-class techniques. This lens helps teachers to explore ways to check progress and reshape teaching without interrupting the learning of others during the checks.

Excellent checking and reshaping has a notable impact on progress. For this lens to be effective, teachers and/or teaching assistants should aim to interact with every pupil, every lesson. Guided groups may form as a result of checking; they will not necessarily be planned for in advance.


Progress is affected by the quality and frequency of feedback.Graphic - Excellent learners listen well and concentrate Consistency of quality feedback helps pupils to know what they have done well and helps them to improve. This lens offers an evaluation tool for teachers to assess the quality of their feedback as seen in the visible progress that emerges as a result. Marking response time (MRT) is regularly built into lessons each week as appropriate.


The methods that teachers use to promote progress for individuals arealmost unlimited in number. Excellent teaching involves finding theGraphic - Excellent learners are imaginative right methods for a particular group, or an individual to ensure they make progress. There is no hierarchy nor any preferred methods at Cheam Common Junior Academy. Instead, by maximising our Teaching Development Programme, this lens helps teachers to explore new methods and to evaluate the effectiveness of those already used in maximising progress for all.

One thing that is consistent in every lesson is a relentless focus on learning and progress. All teachers ensure that they maximise the time children spend of purposeful learning activities in every lesson; always enabling good progress to take place.

Graphic - Excellent learners ask for helpBasic skills

Best thought of as the ‘silent objective’ of every lesson, the basic skills lens helps teachers to maximise opportunities for developing writing, mathematics and reading in every lesson.


Graphic - Excellent learners don't give upThe attitudes lens helps teachers to focus on the learning skills and behaviours of pupils. Excellent teaching promotes, almost intuitively, the right balance between academic learning and the attitudes required for competent learners. This lens helps teachers to identify the traits of a competent learner and ways in which the traits can be promoted in all lessons.