Learning Team

The DGS Learning team is currently made up of 12 classroom teachers.
We all undertake a project for the year which is aimed at improving teaching at learning at Dunbar Grammar School.

Each year, with the support of the school’s senior management, the Learning Team cascade their findings with all other staff through In-service presentations and workshops.  The Learning Team has helped embed some of our key focuses in education today – from Assessment for Learning to sharing suitable Learning Intentions within lessons. This September, the Learning Team was also involved at the Scottish Learning Festival, showcasing some of the collaborative work which has been produced since it started. The Learning Team has also run CPD sessions within East Lothian, and spoken at East Lothian’s first Learning Festival at the Brunton Hall, Musselburgh.

The 2012-2013 DGS Learning Team theme was how learners ‘demonstrate’ their learning within each lesson.  This was in line with the school’s commitment to delivering lessons within the Learn2Learn cycle.
Each Learning Team member undertook a small classroom project, observed other members of the team, and wrote a report up at the end of the session. Clearly, cascading our learning to other staff is vital if the effects are to be as far reaching as possible. So we are already planning a ‘market stall’ in-service in August where Learning Team members can talk to individual staff about their projects, including the important next steps.

The final Learning Team Report for the 2012-2013 Session is summarised below and will be uploaded soon:

Learning Team Reports 2012-2013

Theme: Demonstration of Learning

Learner Skills Development

A Lane: Explaining, as well as physically demonstrating, technical tasks within PE [Page 3 – 6]


E Offer: Encouraging seniors to use and develop their skills of research, discussion, analysis and presenting [Page 7 – 9]

L Scott: Enabling learners to take responsibility for their own learning by completing ‘preparation for learning’ task [Page 10 – 13]


Variety of Questioning

R Archer: Creating Questions to Demonstrate Your Learning [Page 14 – 17]

J Gardiner: Using pupil generated questions to develop analytical and evaluative skills [Page 18 – 19]

S McDowell: Using open ended questions to ensure deeper levels of understanding for Higher students [Page 20 – 25]

P Smith: Demonstrating understanding through Open Style Questions [Page 26 – 32]


A Clubb: Using Technology, including Twitter, to Demonstrate learning [Page 33 – 36]

J King: Creating a database of educational videos for pupils ta have access to, in school or at home, to gain the information they needed without making poor selection choices themselves. [Page 37 – 40]

Assessment For Learning Techniques

A Brodie: Can Peer Teaching Enhance Students’ Demonstration of Knowledge In PE?[Page 41 – 45]

B Rock : Encouraging active and deep learning by using a range of AFL and spelling strategies in the classroom [Page 46 – 49]


A common theme will be undertaken by various colleagues from our cluster primary schools in order to create a consistent expectation, which we hope will be particularly useful for P7/S1 transistion.

The theme for last year was ‘Teaching Champions’ and many of the projects were aimed at raising achievement and attainment thoughout improved classroom practice.

A copy of the full Dunbar Grammar Learning Team Report 2011-2012 is below:


The overview of each report is given below:

Rachel Archer – Varied questioning techniques involving ‘No opt out’, ‘Right is Right’ and ‘Stretch it’ from “Teach like a Champion” by Doug Lemov
Alice Clubb– Avoiding compartmentalised learning through themed blocks of work
Anne Marie Gibson – Improving scientific literacy through writing a science report
Suzanne Hamilton – Focussing on literacy skills in day–to–day jotter work
Julian King – Using GoogleDocs to give pupils greater confidence to engage in the process of learning
Liz Layhe– Ensuring that practical, investigative and deeper thinking skills are present in the S1 science curriculum.
Jen Matthew – Using BBC Bitesize Message board forums to support learners
Laura McKnight – Using imagery as a learning intention
Sharlene Muir – Promoting independent thinking with a Higher group
Brigitta Murray – Linking the theory and practice of Active Learning
Derek Simpson – What does good quality teaching & learning look like?
Jamie Stewart – Problem solving within PE by discovery learning

The work of the DGS Learning Team was recognised within East Lothian as Highly Commended at Celebrating Youth at the Council’s STAR Awards ceremony in November 2011.

DGS Learning Team


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