Teaching and learning are core functions of our school.

Our primary focus is to ensure that students make good progress in all their lessons. We promote an active, engaging, challenging and inclusive culture of learning, ensuring that students are inspired and fully involved in developing their skills, knowledge and understanding across all subject areas.

It is our aim to motivate all students to have high aspirations and a desire to fulfil their potential both in and out of the classroom. We aim to develop independent and creative learners by encouraging teachers and students and to work in partnership to create an active and stimulating learning environment. Each subject area within Highfields School uses a different range of strategies depending on the learning needs of students within that discipline. Our Big 3 Improvement Plan always develops, through structured professional development, a suite of new techniques selected because of the evidence base that supports them. In recent years we have focused on, for example, modelling, cold call, discursive techniques such as think pair share and a renewed focus on reading and acquisition through tier 2 and 3 vocabulary.