Are aware of themselves and their effect on others, conscious of the individual needs of each learner and able to modify their communication and our programme to ensure success for each student. A mindful educator knows that they create the relationships in which learning takes place and practices mindfulness to ensure this can be optimal, healthy and nurturing.
As demonstrated by an educator who sees the best in each learner and communicates this through enjoyment and excitement for effort and progress. As healthy development demands clear articulation of a positive message, our educators focus on communicating their pleasure in getting to know each student, understanding their challenges, and responding to and showing an interest in each student’s desire to communicate.
Encourages good behaviour through close connections between educators and learners. Educators are clear and expressive about expectations and boundaries to build connections and mutual respect in our community.
Our educators are chosen and trained to be clear, colourful, articulate models for students’ speech. We emphasise our belief in the importance of clear speech – the medium through which we communicate with one another – in our classroom communication. This enables students to become confident, expressive speakers and aware, empathetic listeners.
Is an appropriate space physically in terms of up-to-date classrooms, equipment and resources and also a nurturing emotional space for learning. This means an evolving, dynamic physical environment with learning materials that excite students and stimulate their curiosity. Most importantly it provides comfort, safety and security for each learner to be who they are, learn in the best individual way and to feel valued and cared for.
For both learners and educators allow for our expectations to be carried out through careful planning. Our mentorship and supervision structures support teachers in meeting expectations. Teachers plan and document child’s progress, sharing it with mentors and parents. Educators who are supported in this way also know we trust them to vary a lesson plan for a ‘teachable moment’ if they deem it right.
We engage parents in their children’s education to form a partnership with educators and a strong support base for each child. Parents know their child best. Educators have specialist skills. Together they create a balanced, holistic view of a child that becomes a loving, supportive foundation for learning.
Keeps educators thriving on a continuous learning path that both challenges them and encourages them to share their learning with colleagues. Our training programme ensures ongoing professional development for all staff across a variety of relevant disciplines.
Is our key to engagement, imagination and creativity. All our teachers are EduDrama-trained to be able to use drama-based techniques in appropriate contexts to excite children’s desire to participate, explore and discover. This we do through creating imaginative scenarios and introducing a wide range of stimulating literature in poetry and prose, with educators structuring drama, role-play and imaginative activities to bring in familiar characters and situations so that children can take the lead. In this way our students practice their language, empathy and leadership skills to develop in healthy ways.