Visible Learning

At Windmill Hill Academy we have achieved the status of Visible Learning Partner School. The Visible Learning development model is based upon the principles developed by John Hattie’s research.

Pupils take ownership of their own learning.  They know where they are within the curriculum and what their next steps are.  Using their target grids they can track their own progress.  The pupils know what to do when they come across something they don’t know and have strategies to progress with their learning.  Pupils seek feedback and respond to it, and more importantly they give feedback to staff about their teaching. 


Pupils are active in their learning and are assessment capable.  Assessment Capable Learners can ask and find the answer to: Where am I going? How am I going there?  Where to next? 


Pupils can employ a range of meta-cognitive strategies developed through a shared language of learning.  Pupils see learning as hard work, have a ‘can do’ approach and a desire to succeed.


Through the introduction of Visible Learning, we encourage children to really challenge themselves.  Each class, has a ‘learning pit’ when they find the learning difficult and challenging. The children often put themselves in to the pit, and work on strategies and skills to assist in their learning in order to achieve their learning intention and success criteria. We encourage the children to place themselves in the pit as this is where learning is at its best.


Visible learners are able to


  • Understand their learning intentions
  • Know and are challenged by the success criteria
  • Develop  a range of learning strategies
  • Seek feedback and look for their next steps in learning
The Learning Pit