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Teaching and Learning at Seahaven

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At Seahaven Academy teaching and learning is at the heart of everything that we do, therefore all systems and structures are designed to ensure that we maximise opportunities and outcomes for all students. 

Our commitment to providing disruption free learning every minute, of every lesson, of every day can be seen in action around the school where we have an ‘open door' policy. Our learning environment is calm and focused enabling teachers to teach with doors open and have colleagues drop in to share approaches and best practice.  Our teachers are passionate about pedagogy (how we teach), using research informed approaches to provide the best learning experiences and in turn expecting the best from our students. 

Our aim is to create a learning environment in all classes where students are ready to respond to questions even when they do not know the answer and are prepared to take risks in their learning. It is for this reason that: 

We encourage a ‘No hands up’ policy, where the teacher chooses any individual to offer a response to a question rather than the one with their hand up. 

Lessons are highly interactive, with students used to our ‘no opt out’ expectations.

Our language encourages students to adopt a Growth Mindset, so that they consider their ‘ability’ as something that is not fixed.

We have designed our approaches to ensure that we have a ‘culture of error’ in the school - a culture where mistakes are embraced as part of the learning process. 

At Seahaven our standards are high, we expect all students to follow our Presentation Policy for how work should be set out, use our literacy focused ‘Seahaven Sins’ to self-check and review work, complete all work to the best of their ability and ensure all homework is completed and submitted on time. There is a link to the homework policy below. Teachers, working with many other staff provide curriculum enrichment opportunities in the form of clubs, visits, competitions, visiting speakers and organised events. This is all in addition to daily homework clubs before and after school where students can go to work independently or seek the help of staff. You can find out more about the individual subjects by clicking on the subject tiles. 

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that learning is sequenced to build on previous knowledge whilst supporting future progression. This will enable all students to achieve qualifications that are both of worth to employers and open opportunities for further and higher education. Through both our approach to teaching and learning and curriculum design we meet the needs of students of all abilities. For further information about how we support students with special educational needs see the Learning Support tile. 

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) and FBV (Fundamental British Values) are embedded into the curriculum and delivered through all subjects. PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) provision is through drop down lessons timetabled from the beginning of the year. 

For more detail on the curriculum – which subjects are studied and for how many lessons in 2020/21 - please click here.

All lessons at Seahaven are 1 hour in length and there are 25 lessons per week. We have a 2 week timetable which gives us greater flexibility when allocating time to subjects.  

This is an example of a current Year 7 timetable: 

If you have any specific queries about teaching and learning then please contact Ms. Christodoulou.


Useful links

Homework policy

Teaching and Learning handbook 

Presentation policy

Seahaven Sins - Marking for Literacy


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