Teaching and Learning at GJA
Improving Teaching and Learning
Our mantra is ‘Godolphin Grows Success’ and this attitude and relentless drive for excellence applies to everyone in our school; the adults just as much as the children. We strive to develop excellence in our teachers so that our pupils benefit from exceptional provision and as a result have the best opportunities and outcomes in their education. We support our teachers to improve, progress in their careers, relish challenge and develop specialist knowledge in areas or subjects that they enjoy.
At Godolphin, we have created a high-trust culture where classrooms are open to be visited, feedback is valued and teachers work openly and collaboratively to learn and improve. Everyone is a learner at GJA. We have adopted Covey’s trust behaviour of ‘Get Better’ as our ethos to continuous improvement. As Covey states, when seeking to get better there are two strategies that are particularly helpful: seek feedback and learn from mistakes. At GJA, we encourage everyone to be ambitious, to take appropriate risks and to be reflective learners.
We adopt a variety of approaches to improving teaching and learning. To learn more about our approach please read the document below about the Godolphin approach to teacher development.
Effective Feedback at GJA
Our aim at Godolphin Junior Academy is to ensure that all children have their work marked in such a way that improves their learning, develops self-confidence, raises self-esteem and provides opportunities for self-assessment.
Marking and Feedback Policy
At GJA teachers use Mark Mate to assist with their marking and feedback to pupils. This is a tool that is based on speech recognition to allow teachers to provide specific and personalised feedback in a timely and effective way. This approach have supported teacher's workload without limiting effective feedback to enable pupil progress. It is a valued tool at GJA that both teachers and pupils enjoy.