Quality First Teaching and Learning

In line with the whole school vision of ‘striving for personal excellence’ we believe that this is true for ourselves as professionals. Therefore, through our focus on providing high quality teaching and learning, we aim to ‘develop a culture where every teacher believes they can be better for every student.’

Teaching and Learning Charter

At John Taylor High School our teachers know, believe and apply the Teaching and Learning Charter.


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Teaching & Learning Charter

 T&L the JTHS way – What the most effective teachers do for ALL.

We apply evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning to ensure all teachers enact the Great Teaching Toolkit (adapted from Prof. Coe’s Great Teacher Toolkit)

JTHS Great Teachcing Toolkit

Modelling and Metacognition

We have a whole school approach to modelling and metacognition so that all students, from Year 7 through to Year 13, are able to access the thinking of the expert teacher and move towards independence.

The 5 P's of Metacognition

JTHS Professional Development Curriculum

At John Taylor High School we know that effective teachers keep learning because: “Every teacher needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better.” (Dylan Williams).  Our curriculum ensures all teachers and support staff have access to high quality, evidence based professional development.

JTHS PD Curriculum

Literacy at JTHS

Indubitably, the future success of all students hinges upon their ability to become proficient readers.” (Moats, 1999).  We offer a varied and supportive programme to develop all of our readers.

Literacy @ JTHS