Teaching & Learning


The school works with a rolling plan of themes over 3 years, working within broad themes which are able to be adapted to the needs and interests of all learners. Medium term plans are tailored to the needs of the specific class, adapting the learning areas and opportunities to their interests, needs and level of learning. Daily planning supports the point of learning of individual pupils and is very adaptable to changes to support pupil’s point of learning and changing experiences.

Weekly team reflection allows staff to share information, think through adaptions to learning opportunities and plan learning around what is happening for each pupil. It also allows staff to reflect on their own learning and supports research that is going on across the school.

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Personal Learning Intention Maps (PLIM)

The Teaching Teams have a thorough understanding of each child’s point of learning; their interests, strengths and barriers, medical needs, developmental stage and learning level. Each of these areas are used to effectively plan for a range of learning intentions for each pupil which are personalised to that pupils point of learning across the Curriculum. These are used across the day by a range of professionals giving continuity, contextualisation, therefore giving breadth of approach and supporting pupils to achieve deep learning.

Continuity is ensured through  the use of the personal learning intentions and celebrated through learning journals and portfolios (EYFS) which capture key achievements which develop into a record of learning for pupils from Early years to the 6th form, showing progress from entry to when the learner leaves Swiss Cottage. These are shared with pupils to encourage them to have pride in their accomplishments. We meet regularly with families, who are the experts with their child, to incorporate the ‘individual pupil’ into the plans for their learning.

The Learning Environment

Learning is promoted through well organised classrooms and learning environments across the school which allow pupils to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills across the Curriculum and personal needs, and encourages independence, problem solving and contextualisation of learning. This allows them to develop through independent or supported engagement and enquiry and the best use of space and the range of learning resources available. We encourage pupils to take responsibility and to care for their learning environment and resources, and to support the learning of others.

Classroom environments are created to support the different range of needs within the class, with learning resources which are shared across the school to support the individualised learning requirements of all pupils. This allows for pupils in a range of classes to have the resources available to support their interests and learning needs.

Where needed pupils have individual workstations which allow for maximum concentration and support pupils who find the world a distracting or disturbing place.

We are in the process of developing the outdoor learning opportunities through a redesign of the outside areas; making it a more appropriate learning space for the range of learners needs and ages across the school.

Pupils go on a range of Trips and visits appropriate to the class or individual learning that is taking place. Some cross class trips and visitors in support a more individualised approach.

Everything we do is through personalised learning and supports pupils as individuals, incorporating their individual needs, interests and ways of learning.