Case study | Shenley Brook End School | 'ASK'

The Shenley Brook End team encourages the development of character through their common language of learning,“ASK”. This acronym stands for Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge and is used for planning, assessment, mentoring and reporting throughout the school. The attitudes are curiosity, creativity, co-operation, communication and consistency, and are supported by a whole-school skills framework known as TENSILE (Teamwork, Expression, Numeracy, Solving Problems, Independence, Literacy, Enquiry). The knowledge aspect of ASK is subject-specific. The philosophy of “A School of Leaders” means leadership is seen not just as a position but as a disposition, supported by a structured approach to leadership development.
 
The School’s multi-faceted approach to the development of character is coherently assessed, reported and rewarded through the ASK framework. This is a consistent whole-school approach. The framework provides students with the language to self and peer assess each of the attitudes, skills and knowledge in each subject area.
 
Students agree targets for their personal and academic development through the framework. There are four levels of attainment for each aspect: Launching, Developing, Progressing and Mastering. These correspond to levels of achievement specific to the curriculum for each year group, and are tracked over time using a flight-path reporting system which is shared with parents. Students’ progress is monitored through this system, and intervention follows as appropriate. The fact that this is the language of reporting means that conversations with parents and students are focused on character traits, attributes and behaviours. This system has replaced national curriculum levels since 2008 for some students, and is developing to underpin assessment at all key stages.
 
The programme has been shared with business leaders from the local community, who value the focus on skills and character in accordance with the CBI’s emphasis on developing ‘rounded and grounded’ young people.

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