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Learning and Teaching


“Success is a journey, not a destination.” - Arthur Ashe (1943-93), Tennis champion.

All students are on a learning journey which they will continue all the way through their adult lives. For most of our students, Maiden Erlegh School will accompany them for seven years of that journey.

In order that that journey is stimulating, enjoyable and successful for all our students we ensure that:

  • students have access to curriculum pathways and a broad range courses appropriate to their strengths, needs and aspirations
  • students are taught using a wide range of techniques and resources which promote deep learning and understanding
  • students develop a range of skills and learning habits so that they can manage their own learning as much as possible
  • students are both supported and challenged them where necessary
  • students and parents know and understand their end of key stage performance targets
  • students and parents know and understand their what they need to do to ensure students make strong progress towards their targets
  • teachers and teaching assistants understand how they can help every student in their care to progress along their personal Learning Journey.

Click here to see our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Framework.


Our policy with regard to homework is outlined in our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Framework and our Homework Procedures document, which can be found here.

To help parents support their child at home we have some produced some sample task sheets:

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 5

Maiden Erlegh School is committed to supporting students in achieving their full academic potential and on-going assessment plays a vital role ensuring that happens.

At the start of each key stage, students set themselves a target in negotiation with their teachers. This is based on a "realistically aspirational" grade which reflects what similar students nationally might aspire to. Regular assessment helps us monitor students’ progress and target learning and teaching activities accordingly. In addition, students receive regular feedback on their work and are expected to do complete improvement and reflection activities to embed their learning and understanding.

We regularly feedback this information to parents and students and the main ways of doing this are:


Each Year Group in school receives an annual report made up of: 4-5 half termly data reports and 1 full report. The half termly data reports contain the student targets, a current attainment or predicted grade and an effort grade. The Full Reports also contain a teacher comment. The Learning Gateway also provides parents and students with information about attendance, behaviour and pastoral achievements as well as the timetable. Parents and students can access the Learning Gateway at any time to see this “live” data.

Progress Meetings

Once a year, students and parents are invited to a calendared meeting with subject staff. The purpose of this is to discuss targets, progress and strategies for improvement. Parents and students may request additional appointments with teachers at any point throughout the year.

Sixth Form Reviews

In the Sixth Form, subject teachers will provide review grades each half term, which tutors and students will use as a basis for a discussion about progress and to set improvement targets. During these Tutor Reviews, staff also discuss career aspirations and any work which needs to be done to prepare them for work, apprenticeships or university. The November Review for Year 12 students identifies significant individual underachievement.

Click here to see our Assessment, Reporting and Target Setting Policy.

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