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About key components of personalised learning

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Personalising learning is the process which empowers the learner, with appropriate support and advice, to decide what, where, when and how they learn.

Personalising learning balances the demands of the curriculum (content) with the work of the teacher (delivery) with the engagement of the individual learner. This is achieved by developing the engagement of learners in the management and design of their learning experiences. The specific strategies to support this shift are:

  • Learning how to learn
    Giving learners skills, strategies and procedures to enable them to become meta-cognitive and self-managing learners. Developing a wide range of assessment strategies, which place the emphasis on formative rather than summative approaches by engaging the learner in the assessment process.
  • Teaching and learning strategies
    Providing learners with a wide range of appropriate options to enable them to learn in the most effective way for them to experience the full portfolio of teaching and learning strategies.
  • Curriculum choice
    This involves changing the curriculum experience from the 'set meal' to the 'a la carte' menu. Students are given increasing choice as to what they study and when they study it.
  • Mentoring and support
    The one-to-one relationship is central to any model of personalising learning – it is the most powerful expression of a commitment to the learning of the individual. Mentoring may be used to monitor academic progress, support meta-cognition and provide focused support for aspects of the curriculum.

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Making it happen

Practical activites to review the key components of personalising learning.

Reflective questions

Q: How would you describe the culture of learning and teaching in your school?

Q: What are you doing already to enable learners to participate in the construction of their learning?

Q: How is data used further support achievement of learners?

Q: In what ways is ICT used to support the learning of all learners?

Q: Which of the following components are already in use in your school - learning how to learn, assessment for learning, a range of learning and teaching strategies, curriculum innovation and choice,mentoring and support?

Q: Which component presents the greatest challenge?

Q: If you were to develop one component, which would it be and why?

Leadership for personalising learning: a framework

Key components of personalising learning Management for personalising learning Leadership for personalising learning
  • Learning how to learn
  • Assessment for learning
  • Teaching and learning strategies
  • Curriculum choice
  • Mentoring and support
  • Minimising within-school variation
  • Student voice and choice
  • Information and communications technology (ICT)
  • School systems and structures
  • Culture and values
  • Learning-centred leadership
  • Distributed leadership
  • Networks and partnerships
  • Leading change
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