Introduction:

Brechin High School set out to create a culture of high expectations for all, increasing challenge for their students to develop resilient, independent and active learners who will acquire the skills they need to lead stronger lives.

 

Observable Impact in Brechin

  • Students have recognised a change in the learning environment, being given opportunities to collaborate with each other more, and now expect to be challenged

  • Education Scotland (Feb 2018) reported that an observed 26 of 27 lessons featured active learning

  • 79% of students asked, could explain what they were learning, and referred to clear, shared learning intentions

  • 50% of those students could connect their progress to a WAGOLL

  • Staff have embraced teaching strategies that encourage reflection and thinking skills: “I am not scared of silence, I will ask a question and deliberately wait, to give them a chance to think’ (teacher, May 2018)

We use student voice to find out how students learn. The language used by the students is represented below; the images show the start of theCLP then 12 months later. The second image highlights the change in language, there is a more consistent message and movement towards effective learning:

 

at the start of the CLP:

at the start of the CLP:

and 12 months later:

and 12 months later: