Learning without Limits: loops of learning

Why is this important?

Loops of learning is a way of sharing with the children why they are doing something, what is the quality of the learning they aspire to and can move beyond and how they might get there. It is about making learning visible for the children by placing the medium term planning on a display. For pupils it helps them develop a strong sense of co-agency and enables them to, as Dylan Wiliam said, ‘Sniff out quality’. Whilst adhering to the principles of ‘backward planning’, loops of learning as a model still has the flexibility to leave space for children to come up with the unexpected! Eventually the aim is for the pupils themselves to be able to contribute more fully to the planning process.

How will it impact?

By accessing this professional development, you will:

  • become familiar with the principle of backward planning;
  • develop a bank of high quality models to use as aspirational and inspirational ‘signposts’;
  • explore different ways of achieving the same aim in terms of making learning visible;
  • look at ways to change the culture of the classroom around the perception of ‘failure’ by highlighting marvellous mistakes.

Who is the professional development for?

Phase: Primary Special Non-maintained

Target Group(s): Teachers and teaching assistants

What format will it take?

Half day INSET

Learning Exchange member fee: £375 per school
Non-member fee: £500 per school

Staff meeting/twilight

2 x 2 hour sessions

Learning Exchange member fee: £480 per school
Non-member fee: £680 per school

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