Aspire and Challenge:

All students follow lessons which have an expected outcome (Challenge) and a more complex, demanding outcome (Aspire). These are what students are going to learn in terms of a knowledge or a skill and they allow both staff and students the opportunity to assess how much progress they have made in the lesson.   

Collaborative learning:

Collaborative learning is effective when students are thinking and linking together, and can develop skills such as oracy and self- regulation. Seating plans are carefully crafted by staff so that collaboration is effective and students can share accountability.  Teachers use many different collaborative strategies to structure tasks, to keep students engaged and allow full access to what is being taught.  


Teachers at Melior know their learners, and plan accordingly.  Provision for students with specific SEND needs are in place

We have two expectations for how students should present themselves and their work.

PROUD is the acronym for high quality presentation of written work.

It stands for:

Pen – using an appropriate pen for writing
Ruler – Underlining titles or using for drawings
Oops – looking for mistakes
Underline – underlining titles
Draw – using a pencil for drawing


SLANT is the acronym for high quality presentation of body language.

It stands for:

Sit up
sk questions
rack the speaker


Students are not expected to put their hands up to answer questions, in fact we have a rule that they shouldn’t do this. Instead, the teacher will decide who answers questions by targeting a wide variety of students throughout the lesson. This ensures that students remain focused and that they know they could be asked at any point, it also helps to stop certain students from always answering the questions lesson after lesson. We often use random name generators which select students for us, therefore students won’t feel like staff are specifically picking on them to answer questions. 

Hands Up

Whilst students don’t raise their hands to answer questions, they will raise their hands when they are expected to be silent and focused on the teacher. When teachers require silence and focus from the whole class they will raise their arm. All students should follow the teacher and copy them. Once everybody has followed this the lesson will then resume.