Attitude to learning Descriptors

At The Wordsley School we believe that having the correct attitude to learning is the key to being a successful learner.

When reporting on your child’s progress, teachers also make a judgement on their attitude to learning. One of four possible judgements are made:

  • Outstanding
  • Good
  • Inconsistent
  • Causing Concern

The Attitude to Learning criteria enables your child to recognise their specific strengths, and where relevant, identify steps they need to take to make a positive difference to their progress. The criteria are not meant as a tick list whereby every bullet point has to be met in order for that judgement to be made, they do however, allow teachers to celebrate what your child does well and suggest how they might improve further. In addition, by providing this information to parents/guardians we can work together to ensure your child enjoys the progress they deserve.

This year we have introduced Attitude to Learning Points; as part of their lessons pupils are recognised for their active participation, seeking feedback and showing resilience etc. Your child’s points total is shown in the ‘Attitude to Learning Points’ section of their termly report. Any pupil who displays an attitude to learning which is either inconsistent or causing concern, will be supported and challenged to make the most of every learning opportunity.


Outstanding ATL means being committed to getting the most out of all learning opportunities available. It is what all pupils should aim for.

A pupil with an ‘OUTSTANDING’ ATL…

  • Actively participates in the lesson, is curious about learning and fully engaged
  • Seeks feedback on how to improve the quality of their work
  • Shows great resilience and perseveres with challenges, even when they are difficult
  • Manages their time and work efficiently, and is highly self-disciplined
  • Uses their own initiative in a range of situations, and doesn’t always have to be told what to do
  • Consistently works above and beyond expectations and is proud of their achievements


Good ATL means being a responsible and hard working pupil who tries their best at all times.

A pupil with a ‘GOOD’ ATL…

  • Will participate in the lesson
  • Shows interest in their learning and is attentive and focused
  • Responds well to feedback and targets, and completes work to the expected standard
  • Shows resilience and is willing to persevere when things are difficult
  • Takes responsibility for their work and is well organised
  • Willingly does all that is asked of them and sometimes more
  • Takes pride in their work


Inconsistent ATL means the pupil needs to push themselves to make the most of the learning opportunities available.

A pupil with an ‘INCONSISTENT’ ATL…

  • Sometimes participates in the lesson
  • Is generally focused, although may need reminding of expectations
  • Does not always try hard enough to improve their work after feedback
  • Shows some resilience but sometimes gives up when things get difficult
  • Doesn’t always spend an adequate amount of time on tasks
  • May show a lack of organisation skills
  • Has an inconsistent ATL

Causing Concern

Causing Concern ATL means the pupil needs support or intervention to become a more responsible learner.

A pupil with a ‘CAUSING CONCERN’ ATL…

  • Makes little effort to be involved in the lesson, and may disrupt the learning of others
  • Fails to act on feedback provided, and as a result may not make expected progress
  • Is not interested in being challenged and will give up without really trying
  • Spends an inadequate amount of time on tasks and takes little pride in their work
  • Takes little or no responsibility for their own behaviour