Convent Drive, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3SF

(01530) 837747

office@st-clares.leics.sch.uk

Welcome to St Clare's, we are a centre of excellence for "Talk for Learning"!

St Clare's a Talk for Learning School

We would like to tell you about what makes St Clare’s unique and why you might be interested in choosing to send your child to us, apply for a job here or even as a professional colleague in another school arrange to visit to see what we get up to!

St Clare’s has radically changed the way it teaches children to a style known as Talk for Learning. The same Talk for Learning principles are used with the adults to develop their skills. As a result we have been accredited as a Coaching school.

The fundamental driver for this change is because as a staff and Governing body we put the children first. We want to inspire in them, a love for learning, to be independent and to be successful, recognising how this makes you feel as an individual and as part of a team.

Talk for Learning is about teaching the children structures that are used to enable them to learn. In the initial stages children are taught about positive body language when listening and speaking with someone else. It may seem obvious but we teach the children how to sit, offer eye contact and demonstrate to someone else that they are listening. If you walked into our classrooms you would hear the terms “Echo, pause, rewind.” as part of the everyday language. Once this is secure the Talk for Learning develops so that children talk through more complex Talk for Learning structures such as carousels, envoy, rainbow to name but a few.

The impact on the pupils has been incredibly positive and therefore wanted to empower our staff just as much. The school has uses a Talk for Learning system for monitoring and coaching. This coaching model  leads to continuous improvement in the quality of teaching. Teachers coach each other in groups of three and support each others development. This has built trust amongst staff and leadership of the school.

As a centre of excellence for Talk for Learning and Coaching St Clare's provides courses for teachers from other schools.

For more information about either Talk for Learning or Coaching click the logo below for the link.