Deepening Differentiation at Lochgelly High School
Teachers and Support staff at Lochgelly High School pride ourselves on meeting the needs of our young people through innovative, pupil-centred approaches to learning and teaching. In August 2017, we launched a project to ‘improve outcomes for all learners by further embedding the principles of differentiation across the school’.
What is Differentiation?
Differentiation is… ‘the process of identifying, with each learner, the most effective strategies for achieving agreed targets’ (Visser, 1993). It is ‘…integral to learning, not an add-on for those situations when things do not go as well as planned and problems occur. Differentiation is not about troubleshooting. It is a concept that has to be seen in an inclusive way, applying to everyone.’
What are we doing as a school?
- Consulting all pupils and staff regarding their experiences of/skills within differentiation
- Creating resources and examples of best practice which can be accessed by teachers, parents and pupils (available through this page)
- Running practitioner enquiry projects through a teacher working group to support changes throughout the school
- Creating a ‘Lochgelly standard’ for differentiation, which will be launched in May 2018
- Ensuring support staff and teachers have a formalised ‘joint action plan’ to support all young people in their classes
- Measuring and evaluating the impact of these changes and responding to pupils’ needs accordingly
What is on this page?
- Recommended differentiation resources
- Examples of best practice