Teaching & Learning
We believe that every learner has potential and our purpose at IMFS is to create a learning environment which fosters motivation and aspiration and allows every student to flourish. Learning is at the centre of all that we do and we aim to encourage a commitment to learning that is not based solely on the acquisition of knowledge but on the development of skills, attributes and values needed to encourage life-long learning.
Through our Teaching and Learning strategy we aim to:
- Ensure that all teachers have bespoke Continuing Professional Development so that classroom practice is in line with the expectations for ‘outstanding’ lessons and that pedagogy is current and innovative
- Encourage reflection and refinement of teaching practice through accurate assessment which is the foundation for future planning and teaching
- Teach with common goals to ensure consistency across all curriculum areas
- Provide a framework to develop literacy, numeracy and metacognition skills across the curriculum
- Ensure that all teachers plan and deliver lessons which meet the needs of all students within the classroom
- Teach with high aspiration in a classroom environment which is positive, caring and committed to bringing about the best outcomes for all
- Develop autonomous learners who understand the importance of their education in achieving their life goals
- Develop learners who are engaged and enthusiastic who have a thirst for knowledge and challenge.
Our KS3 curriculum not only focuses on challenging study in the traditional areas of English, Mathematics, Science and the Humanities but introduces our language of Spanish. Students are also given the chance to choose to follow some their own particular interests, in consultation with home, from an early stage as we develop a more personalised and flexible approach beyond the core subjects. This means that a student may decide, for example, to follow a heavily arts based set of subjects for a term and then switch to a sports based programme later in the year.