Our Learner Dispositions

Visible Learning at Whinhill

Whinhill is a Visible Learning school. Visible Teaching and Learning occurs when teachers see learning through the eyes of pupils and helps them become their own teachers.  We believe that it’s vital that our pupils can confidently talk about themselves as assessment capable learners and are armed with a ‘toolkit’ of strategies to help them learn.

Over the past year we have been working hard to decide on which learner dispositions we will focus on in our school. Parents, staff and pupils all voted on what dispositions they thought were best. We are glad to announce we have our six dispositions which are:

Challenge, Communication,  Creative,  Independence,  

Ownership and Resilience

Although we are mainly focusing on the six chosen dispositions, we will still be working hard to develop all learner dispositions.

A Whinhill visible learner can:

  • articulate what they are learning and why
  • talk about how they are learning and the strategies they are using
  • identify their next learning step
  • understand assessment tools used and what the results mean
  • asks questions and clarify
  • see errors as learning opportunities
  • actively seek feedback
  • set learning goals

Growth Mindset

At Whinhill we have developed a Growth Mindset culture where we focus on changing our words to change our mindset; “ I can’t do this” becomes “I can’t do this yet.”  With a growth mindset, pupils understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort and persistence.

We believe that challenge and struggle are necessary parts of the learning journey. Breakthrough moments and growth come after pupils tackle The Learning Pit!




Our School Values: Confidence, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Kindness

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