As our students move into their final years of schooling, it is a privilege to witness the growth of our young people into broadly educated, confident and thoughtful individuals, ready to face the rapidly changing world in which we live. Being surrounded by supportive teachers and peers gives our students the encouragement to try new skills and uncover talents they did not know they possessed. They learn to develop ownership in their work and because we give our students a strong foundation, they are empowered to explore the many opportunities available in our broad offering of subjects.
We ask all students to reflect on their learning: do they maintain effort and interest, despite failure, adversity and plateaus in progress? If they feel disappointment or a sense of failure, how can they positively bounce back and approach the next assessment with a renewed sense of purpose and perseverance. As parents and teachers, we can teach students that making mistakes or taking a long time to complete an assignment is a normal part of learning, not a sign of failure. That it is okay to feel confused when learning something new; actually, it is expected.
Sometimes, students may believe that they lack the ability to solve a problem or struggle with learning concepts, which impacts on their own self-efficacy and ability to finish a task. We know that learning and progression occurs when students feel both confident in their abilities and confident in seeking help when needed.
Students are closely monitored by by teaching staff and Learning Mentors throughout their time at Scots, allowing staff to provide targeted guidance and adapt their delivery for specific outcomes. Academic progress is shared with parents each term through Continuous Reporting and parents are invited to discuss a student’s progress through our Parent Teacher Interviews. Our curriculum, which is unique and unrivalled in breadth, has been designed to stretch, challenge and nurture every student. In addition, pastoral and curriculum teams closely monitor the academic needs of each student on an on-going basis.
We know that learning and progression occurs when students feel both certain in their abilities and confident in seeking help when needed.