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One of Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School’s key priorities is to equip pupils with the knowledge, skills and attributes of successful learners and independent thinkers in the ever changing 21st Century.  Staff want pupils to leave school with the abilities and dispositions needed to meet the challenges of the future.

Our skills-focused Learning to Learn (L2L) programme develops resilience, resourcefulness, reflectiveness, responsibility and reasoning, the 5Rs of effective learning. Lessons seek to enthuse and empower pupils, fostering a positive, “can do” attitude towards learning and building confidence. Time is spent helping pupils to explore how to become the best learners they can be. Lessons provide opportunities to develop skills such as communication, active thinking and collaboration. 

All staff are using this approach across the curriculum, ensuring that subject content explicitly promotes the skills and dispositions of independent learners. The pedagogy which underpins L2L is thoroughly researched, proven in hundreds of schools nationally and known to lift performance. L2L shifts the emphasis away from teaching towards learning.  

The 5Rs of Effective Learning:

Resilience: attending to learning and persisting in the face of difficulty
Resourcefulness: using a variety of appropriate learning strategies and knowing what to do when ‘stuck'
Reflectiveness: thinking about learning, asking why, observing, seeing patterns, evaluating and learning from experience
Responsibility: taking initiative for self and others; knowing right from wrong, planning ahead and helping others.
Reasoning: evaluating learning, making careful decisions and thinking things through.

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