Characteristics of Effective Learning

At Clifton High School, we value the Characteristics of Effective Learning and use them as a foundation to inform our teaching and learning practices from Nursery School-Year 2. 

From our own experience of observing, we understand that children and adults learn in different ways. At Clifton High School, when planning and supporting children, we believe it is important to consider the different ways children learn and reflect this in how we teach, organise our learning environment and support individual children and groups of children.

Within the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, they identify three ‘Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning’; these characteristics encompass children from birth to the end of the Reception year and children will demonstrate them in different ways depending on the developmental level of the child:

The Characteristics of Effective Learning

Playing and Exploring Children investigate and experience things and ‘have a go’.
Active Learning Children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy their achievements.
Creativity and Thinking Critically Children have and develop their own ideas and make links between ideas. They develop strategies for doing things.

For the full Characteristics of Effective Learning framework click here