Why do we value a students’ attitude?
At Shaftesbury School we believe that attitude is one of, if not the most, important contributing factors to a student’s outcomes. This is because:
- Not affected by academic ability – your attitude does not care about GCSE or SATs Scores. It does not need you to be working at a certain grade either (although we also believe there is a strong link between good academic outcomes and an outstanding attitude to learning)
- Completely controlled by the student – they should be empowered to be in total control of their attitude
- Not affected by disadvantage – you can have a great attitude regardless of your social and economic background
- Can be improved by any student – it doesn’t matter what happened yesterday, last year or what sort of ‘character’ a student thinks they are, they can still develop their attitude every single day. Each day is a new chapter in terms of their attitude to learning.
What is a students’ attitude?
- We look at a student’s attitude to encompass their entire approach to their own studies and schooling
- This might include their preparation and organisation – for example equipment, kit, homestudy/knowledge organisers, signed planner, uniform
- It might include their focus – more commonly thought of as their behavior in class, ability to settle into learning and not distract others and their ability to remain on course with work throughout the lesson
- It also might include their contribution – for example their responses in class, their leadership or involvement in pair/group work, their contribution to school life (such as clubs and extra – curricular activities).
What happens to a students’ ATL Scores?
- ATL scores are regularly shared with the Year Progress Leader, Tutor and Parents
- Students with scores of a 5 can work towards their Platinum/Gold/Silver/Bronze ATL Award (see next page)
- Students with scores of a 4 will be advised how to achieve a 5 – so they can aspire to achieve this
- Students with scores of 3 or below will require some intervention – this may be a conversation with the student, a call home or a meeting with parents