Visible Learning

Visible Learning is a two- to three-year professional development programme for teachers, based on the research and principles of John Hattie. It draws on Hattie’s internationally acclaimed research in Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement (2009) and his book Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximising Impact on Learning (2012). In these books, Hattie pulls together the evidence from many studies into what actually works in schools to improve learning.

What is a ‘Visible Learner’?

A visible learner

  • understands how to learn
  • seeks, receives, acts on and gives feedback
  • applies effective habits of thinking and doing
  • explains and understands progress

Children need to be active participants in their learning. They need to understand where they are, where they are going, how they are doing and where to go next.  In Visible Learning language, children who can do this are called assessment-capable learners.

What about the teachers?

The Visible Learning programme supports teachers

  • to understand what an effective learner at Muirfield looks like. They consider what the characteristics and dispositions of effective learners are, and how to promote these in all our pupils
  • to construct effective learning intentions (a clear statement of what is being taught) and success criteria (what successful learning looks like) and how to use them effectively
  •  to measure the impact of what they have taught on the progress of learners
  •  to explain assessment tasks to learners, and encourage them to talk about their results – help them to become assessment-capable learners
  • to understand a range of thinking and learning strategies

Parents too

We encourage all parents to become part of our Visible Learning journey. We value your opinions and hope that we can share our learning with you, so that you too can understand

  • what an effective learner looks like
  • what characteristics and dispositions make a good learner
  • understand the purpose of learning intentions and success criteria
  • understand the difference between progress and attainment
  • understand a variety of learning strategies