"Taking a highly structured and responsive approach to each child's and young person's learning, in order that all are able to progress, achieve and participate. It means strengthening the link between learning and teaching by engaging pupils – and their parents – as partners in learning" Christine Gilbert.

If we are to deliver the highest quality education to our boys at Knox then we need to move towards personalising the learning. Personalisation means that the focus is on learning rather than on teaching. The boys' and our learning must be the central focus so that we all embrace the importance of life-long learning.

To successfully embed personalised learning at Knox we need to develop communities of practice where our staff, boys and parents are all focused collaboratively on enriching the learning environment. Positive Psychology will certainly foster and enrich this process. The Headmaster's focus on preparing Knox boys to be global citizens who are creative, critical thinkers has provided us with the vision.

Personalising the learning at Knox involves focusing on:
  • Learning how to learn: Integrating self-reflection and self-evaluation in formative and summative assessment tasks, and focusing on how to learn.
  • Assessment for learning: using a range of assessment techniques, with the emphasis on formative assessment that engages the learner. Open-ended assessment to be integrated into the assessment program.
  • Teaching and learning strategies: deploying the full repertoire of strategies, and using technology as a powerful enabler for personalisation.
  • Enriching the curriculum: Differentiating the curriculum to cater for all boys, and providing diverse and engaging programs that focus on skills, knowledge and deep learning rather than just context.
  • Mentoring and support: mentoring and coaching boys for success and developing self-efficacy.

22nd June

Holiday Reading
Visit this site: Personalising the Learning Read about David Hargreaves' approaches to personalising the learning.

This paper discusses the use of Web 2.0 applications in personalised learning. The 3 P's model is also interesting.

Schooling for Tomorrow

Personalisation in Science

Personalising learning: working laterally


To show how the teaching profession can take the lead in personalising learning through nine main gateways, each of which provides a distinctive angle on personalising learning by ensuring that teaching and support are shaped around student needs.

Personalising learning: student voice and assessment for learning


To show how student voice and assessment for learning put the student at the centre of change, and enable the student to be active in learning.

Personalising learning: learning to learn and the new technologies


To show how two gateways − learning to learn and the new technologies − though both in early stages of development, can help make learning much more personalised than in the past.