Education has to engage the intellect of young people, to respond to their anxieties about their futures, and to help them develop the emotional, mental and social equipment they will need to thrive in a complex, challenging but exciting world. We have a duty to prepare children for a lifetime of learning at the same time as seeing childhood and school as valuable in their own right. We have a duty to make vocational and academic pathways equally valued and capabilities and character of equal importance to success in the individual subjects. We need to think carefully about how children learn rather than being obsessed by what they learn. Subject specific content knowledge will continue to be imperative for passing compulsory examinations, but it is more important now more than ever that we instill in our children the capacity to own and be in charge of, their own learning.
The Pennthorpe Learning Values underpin all teaching and learning at Pennthorpe. The aim of the Learning Values is to develop children as confident and capable learners – ready, willing and able to choose, design, research, pursue, troubleshoot, and evaluate learning for themselves, alone and with others.
The promise of creating ‘lifelong learners’ is a popular one which many schools claim to do. However, it is an idea which is often not delivered. The Pennthorpe Learning Values enable us to deliver this promise.
The six Learning Values are:
- Resilience (Being courageous and taking risks)
- Ambition (Seeking challenge in everything we do)
- Independence (Being original and learning independently)
- Inquisitive (Questioning the world around us)
- Collaboration (Working together and engaging others)
- Reflective (Thinking about our learning)
We want excellent results, but we want results plus a character that is ready for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century