Shenzhen, People’s Republic of China
Educate Nurture Inspire Excellence
High Quality Learning
At SOIS we believe that high quality learning should enable learners of all ages to develop
socially, emotionally and academically. It reflects our Guiding Statements in all aspects.
To achieve high quality learning school, home, teachers and parents need to work collaboratively for all
students to be successful. It is an active process, one in which students are encouraged to research and
discover rather than receiving information. SOIS believes that students develop the knowledge and tools to
use strategies they have learned in the classroom and transfer their learning to other subjects and situations.
High Quality learning for students will include the ability to:
Demonstrate commitment, motivation and enthusiasm for their learning
Stimulated, inspired and challenged to work towards targets that are understood, achievable and
appropriate to their ability and level
Build upon prior learning and make good progress in line with their ability
Understand their strengths and areas for development as learners, members of the school community
and global citizens
Be able to apply strategies and knowledge they have learned in the classroom and transfer these to
other subjects and real world situations
Develop self‐management skills and take responsibility and ownership of their learning
Be able to evaluate their own work and reflect on the outcomes
Work independently and collaboratively and are given encouragement and support to do so effectively
Appreciate and respect the concerns, views and feelings of others within the school, community and the
Thrive on active learning and be able to research, understand and apply knowledge/skills/strategies and
not just expect to be given the information
They evaluate their own work and reflect on the outcomes and are stimulated, inspired and challenged
and are working towards targets that are understood and achievable.
High Quality Teaching
At SOIS we are committed to fostering a culture of learning through using a range of
approaches that inspire engage and challenge learners of all ages. This will occur when students are
nurtured in positive, supportive relationships that allow every student to feel safe, valued and respected as
learners. We encourage our teachers to use a range of approaches to learning.
To achieve High Quality Teaching at SOIS teachers will:
demonstrate deep knowledge and understanding of the subjects they teach. They use questioning
highly effectively and demonstrate understanding of the ways students think about subject content.
They identify students’ common misconceptions and act to ensure they are corrected.
plan lessons effectively, making maximum use of lesson time and coordinating lesson resources well.
They manage students’ behaviour highly effectively with clear rules that are consistently enforced.
provide adequate time for practice to embed the students’ knowledge, understanding and skills
securely. They introduce subject content progressively and constantly demand more of students. They
recognise that every individual is unique and plan for differentiation and individualisation of learning.
Phonics teaching is highly effective in enabling students to tackle unfamiliar words.
check students’ understanding systematically and effectively in lessons, offering clearly directed and
provide students with incisive feedback, in line with the school’s assessment policy, about what
students can do to improve their knowledge, understanding and skills. The students use this feedback effectively.
set challenging homework, in line with the school’s policy and as appropriate for the age and stage of students, that consolidates learning, deepens understanding and prepares students for work to come.
utilises the school’s facilities and the wider context of the school and its surrounds.
Teachers are determined that students achieve well. They encourage students to try hard, recognise their
efforts and ensure that students take pride in all aspects of their work. Teachers have consistently high
expectations of all students’ attitudes to learning.