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Moor End Academy

Entering the 'Red Zone'

Learning and Teaching at Moor End Academy is looking very different these days… it was time for a change! Learning and Teaching is the most crucial aspect of school life for every child and every teacher.

Our new approach to L&T has a clear rationale: students are going to be sitting GCSE exams which require resilience, independence, and the drive and motivation to succeed. We firmly believe that it is these core principles, underpinning every lesson at MEA, which will make the difference every single day and – ultimately – create the kinds of life chances and opportunities that our students deserve!

There are two aspects to MEA lessons which are the most significant change. Firstly, every lesson begins with a ‘Grapple’. This is a task that students get on with as soon as they enter the room, with no teacher guidance! They could be asked an open question like ‘is there more good or evil in the world?’, and have to explain their view. Or they might be given an image and question like the one below. The important thing is that everyone is focused, and working independently – using inference and deduction skills to solve problems.

In ‘Phase 4’ of our 5-Phase lesson, we enter the ‘Red Zone’ (which isn’t as scary as it sounds!). In the ‘Red Zone’, students spend 8-12 minutes working completely independently on a task. This is the phase of the lesson which really helps to develop resilience in our students. Already, we are seeing students who previously struggled to produce a page of work in a whole lesson writing a two-page ‘Red Zone’!

Vice Principal Miss Stokes believes “the pride and quality of work our students are producing in red zone is fantastic, and they are keen to boast about what they have achieved whilst receiving no teacher support”. Brooke in Y10 believes “red zone has helped immensely and has significantly improved my exam technique: Zohaib in Y10 echoes this view as he states “Red zone helps me as I feel I can approach the exam questions more confidently due to the practice in class”.

Miss N Stokes - Vice Principal

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