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Teaching and Learning

Our teaching and learning strategies underpin all of our priorities. We believe that all students, whatever their ability, should receive high quality teaching and learning across all curriculum areas and they should achieve their maximum potential.

Teachers use a variety of methods to engage learning and ensure that the technique used is appropriate for achieving the learning outcomes for the lesson. The participation of students is essential if the teaching and learning process is to be successful. Teachers use a range of teaching methods, different teaching styles, differentiation, and a variety of resources and strategies that will focus on learning as well as on teaching.

At Wayland Academy, teachers provide a teaching and learning approach that is built around six core principles. Teachers focus on how they will teach and not just on what they teach. The six core principles are considered in the planning of all teaching and or learning. Teachers plan for: Questioning, Engagement, Challenge/Pace, Planning for disadvantage students, Effective feedback, Differentiation

The academy delivers Continued Professional Development to develop teachers further and improve pedagogy. In addition, we equip students with the skills and strategies needed to learn collaboratively and independently, in different contexts and facing different challenges, including public examinations, higher education and the world of work.

Lastly, we continue to work with our teachers to ensure teaching and learning at the academy is consistently good or better.


Effective teaching and learning at Wayland Academy Norfolk

  • All planning takes account of our teaching and learning core principles
  • The expectation of every lesson is that it follows the Wayland Guarantee.
  • All teachers have a secure knowledge and understanding of the subject they are teaching.
  • Lessons are planned that link directly to the schemes of learning and the examination syllabus.
  • Planning takes account of prior knowledge and skills and allows students to build on these. This will be evident through the work produced in books and assessments.
  • Teachers employ a range of teaching styles to ensure appropriate pace and challenge.
  • The lesson forms part of a learning sequence. Past learning is clear in books and students understand their next steps.
  • Good relationships are established through creating a positive learning environment.
  • Information about individual students’ needs is used to personalise learning. e.g. Pupil Premium, SEND.
  • Assessment of work and examination questions are recorded and used to inform future lesson planning.
  • Homework and Home Learning Projects are used to consolidate and extend learning beyond the classroom.
  • Seating plans are created and used in ClassCharts. These are modified as appropriate by the teacher.
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