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Implementation at St. George's

As a teaching community at St. George’s, we have co-created an evidence-informed, shared language around best practice for teaching and learning: our teaching touchstones.

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Teaching Touchstones:

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Our teaching touchstones are grouped under ten principles of effective instruction, which are further categorised into three domains: the behaviour domain; the curriculum domain; and the teaching domain.

They are context-free, and retain a consistent reference point to base discussions for developing teaching and learning.

Subject leads and teachers can use the touchstones to guide domain-specific decisions around implementation, systems and processes and identify best bets across subject areas and Key Stages.

The Gradual Release Towards Independence Model

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Our teaching touchstones also work in symbiosis with the Gradual Release Towards Independence model. Eventual independence can be viewed as an aim within a session, over a sequence of lessons, or across a period of time or Key Stage.

Subject Specific Implementation

Each subject has unique systems and processes through which the curriculum is implemented, using our models for implementation as the guide. Please see each individual subject area under the curriculum tab to see how our Teaching Touchstones are used and adapted to ensure there is a transformation in long term memory for our pupils and that they have developed strategies through which to use the powerful knowledge they acquire at each stage.