Attitude to learning Descriptors


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

Headteacher Mike Lambert

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