| Head's Blog

Thursday mornings are always thoughtful for the teachers at Sherborne House; as a staff, we take 15 minutes to share educational sound bites or pertinent thought-pieces. Our focus this year has been on metacognition; or the awareness and understanding of one's own thought processes.

Simon Sinek, popular author and creator of the Golden Circle Model, has given us all food for thought. He invites us to unite around our shared ‘why’ within our organisation. This anchor, or shared consistency, is perhaps more important than ever in our rapidly changing world. One thing remains a constant for us; our ‘why’ starts and ends with a happy child.

Our challenge then was how we would make this consistency visible and tangible. By providing our children with an awareness of thinking and equipping them with a language of learning, a foundation for success is created.

Our language of learning encourages children to reflect on the mental processes and the skills they use and apply in their self-driven learning journey. Rather than simply praising success (or a final outcome), we praise effort, persistence and positive attitudes to the frequent challenges in the process of learning. By empowering our pupils to develop their ‘learning to learn’ skills, we aim to improve outcomes for all.

Seeing learning as a journey, we expect our learners to articulate simply;

  • why they are doing what they are doing
  • what it is they are meant to do
  • how it is they will be successful

Our irresistible curriculum allows us all to embrace challenges with resilience; enjoying the effort and mistakes that come with learning. Indeed, our children are intrigued by the how and why of mistakes made; acting on constructive feedback and offering praise for a job well done.

This visible consistency was articulated most profoundly to new parents, by our Year 5s this week. When talking about their learning, they spoke proudly about the focus their teachers have on relevance, on their interests and on fun; ‘Our teachers listen to us and we lead our learning with their support.’

As teachers, this is all the ‘why’ we need.

Cordelia Cripps
Deputy Head