At Barrhead High we strive to remove barriers to learning while delivering an aspirational curriculum which ‘raises the barr’ for all.’’ This means delivering excellent learning and teaching experiences.

Approaches to learning and teaching

As part of the school’s commitment to the rights of the child, learning and teaching is permeated by five key learners’ rights.

These rights provide the basis of an equitable and high quality pedagogy while also providing learners and teaching staff with the means by which they can articulate our shared vision of a rights based approach to learning.

Self-evaluation for self-improvement

Staff and learners understand that self-evaluation is an integral aspect of our approach to continuous improvement. They participate in the peer observation programme to provide opportunities to learn from each other.  Feedback is via a coaching conversation to drive forward changes to learning and teaching.

Practitioner Enquiry

Across the school all staff are leaders of learning and a commitment to improving pedagogy and a collegiate learning culture is evident. Opportunities for learners and staff to regularly engage in critical and creative thinking are embedded via practitioner enquiry. This involves:
• Identifying  an issue or observation to form an enquiry question.
• Collect data
• Carry out professional reading and research
• Identify interventions or strategies to be trialled
• Analyse results
• Share findings

Continuous Learning and Professional Development

An extensive programme of in-house, local authority and national CLPL is available to all to support improvement priorities, and drive creativity and innovation across the school.

A learning and teaching group, led by teaching staff and learners, also provides an opportunity for sharing expertise and driving innovation to engage all learners based on research.


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