Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching and Learning at OHS

At OHS, we provide aspirational, bespoke teaching which inspires learners to see beyond their medical needs and engage in high quality, meaningful learning opportunities so that learners…

  • gain a sense of achievement
  • feel empowered to move on to longer term education, employment or training
  • feel confident
  • feel connected & inspired to learn
  • make progress in their learning
  • feel understood

Teaching staff at OHS promote strategies to encourage pupils to become confident, self-regulated learners who are aware of their strengths and weaknesses and are able to engage in, and  improve, their learning. Lesson design at OHS consists of small steps through a bespoke, carefully sequenced learning journey with interventions, where necessary, to address any  gaps in knowledge or skills. Typical approaches used to develop ‘deeper’ learning include questioning, short, focused tasks, explanation, demonstration and lots of discussion! Staff at OHS use these approaches in order to improve pupils’ confidence and willingness to try and persevere, to improve their problem solving skills and willingness to explain their reasoning and to become more engaged in the learning process.

Assessment at OHS

At OHS, the approach to assessment is underpinned by the following tenets:

“Class and subject teachers, supported by the senior leadership team, should make regular assessments of progress for all pupils. These should seek to identify pupils making less than expected progress given their age and individual circumstances…. It can include progress in areas other than academic attainment – for instance where a pupil needs to make additional progress with wider development or social needs in order to make a successful transition to adult life.”  The SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years 

‘Assessment is seen as: “the process of seeking and interpreting evidence for use by learners and their teachers to decide where the learners are in their learning, where they need to go and how best to get there”  Assessment for Learning: Assessment Reform Group 2002

 

At OHS, we believe effective assessment:

  • Offers all pupils an opportunity to show what they know, understand and can do to improve
  • Enables teaching staff to plan more effectively
  • Helps parents and families become involved in their child’s progress
  • Provides the school with information to evaluate work and set suitable targets

All assessments at OHS are clearly tied to their intended purpose. The three central components are:

  1. In-school formative assessment where teaching staff  evaluate pupils knowledge and understanding on a day to day basis, tailoring teaching accordingly by using skilled questioning and teacher/pupil review and feedback.
  2.  In-school summative assessment where teaching staff are able to evaluate how much a pupil has learnt at the end of a predetermined time period;  At entry, through the application of a range of robust baseline assessments suited to the needs of the pupils and through regular  reviews of personalised learning.
  3. Nationally summative assessment through the acquisition of AQA Unit Awards serving as certificates learning or through participation and performance in national examinations

OHS assesses all learning as it takes place, using the information gathered to feed a range of further actions (assess-plan-do-review model). Particular attention is placed on English, Maths, Science and Social and Emotional Progress; this supports OHS in providing a rounded assessment of key academic and social skills for pupils returning to their home school setting or when transitioning to a new educational placement. This model demands high levels of flexibility; working with a range of local, regional and national educational settings and/or multi-disciplinary teams makes it vital that we personalise a pupil’s learning so that they keep up with, and even exceed, learning expectations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For any further information please contact us on
01865 957480

Oxfordshire Hospital School c/o St Nicholas’ Primary School
Raymund Road
Old Marston Oxford
OX3 OPJ

For any further information please contact us on
01865 957480

Oxfordshire Hospital School c/o St Nicholas’ Primary School
Raymund Road
Old Marston Oxford
OX3 OPJ

For any further information please contact us on 01865 957480

Oxfordshire Hospital School c/o St Nicholas’ Primary School Raymund Road Old Marston Oxford OX3 OPJ