Teaching & Learning

“There is only one twenty first century skill: the ability to act intelligently when you are faced with a situation for which you have not been specifically prepared.”

Seymour Papert, Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

It is this belief that drives our approach to teaching and learning at Kensington Aldridge Academy.

We know that both students and staff need to be life-long learners and that education is not just about memorising answers to questions you then go on to recite in an exam. Instead, each lesson should prepare students to solve the many new, unseen problems that lie ahead.

With us, all students are treated as intelligent and individual by teachers, irrespective of their prior attainment at primary school, and all will go on to achieve beyond their initial personal expectations. Students are taught demanding content and expected to explain and find connections between complicated ideas from a young age. They are taught to think in a disciplined manner and show understanding of the core concepts in each subject, and never just to recall information or carry out formulaic responses.

Teaching and learning is our core business and will always be the “Main Thing” in our school. As teachers, we believe that a lifetime is not long enough to master the craft of teaching and we focus continually on improving our own practice. After all, if we cannot be confident, reflective and resilient learners ourselves then we can’t expect our students to be.