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Be Responsible

"Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each one of us individually." Dalai Lama

Responsibility is taking charge of your learning; setting priorities, understanding how you learn and making use of support. It also means having self-respect and respect for others involved in the learning process.

Pupils can take the lead in organising and managing their own learning.

  • Take an interest in how you learn.
  • Take an interest in what you learn.
  • Reflect and respond to feedback.
  • Attend super curricular activities.
  • When appropriate, seek help inside and outside lessons.
  • Support the learning of friends and peers.

Teachers can give clear guidance on expectations for managing learning and support on how to achieve this.

  • Plan lessons and activities that support long term learning.
  • Share with pupils why these activities are useful.
  • Provide frequent opportunities for feedback.

Parents can help to develop routines for home learning; then organise and monitor from a distance to allow pupils to become more independent and confident learners.

  • Encourage a regular start time for homework can prevent time wasting and distraction.
  • Encourage activities that support long term learning – Bablake learning guides provide ideas that can be used.
  • Have a space at home for notices: display timetables, kit reminders, calendars, so students can organise themselves.
  • Look for opportunities to take one step back: sometimes this means letting your children struggle, sometimes it means helping them put a situation in perspective rather than solving it for them.
  • Sometimes just talking can help: ask them if they have packed their bag, let them know if there are family commitments on the horizon, chat to them about managing a diary, or explain how to break down a longer task into manageable steps.