We aim to actively and explicitly teach the skills necessary for effective co-operation by adopting a progressive approach to developing co-operative skills throughout the whole school. We have sought to encourage children to:
- Take responsibility for their own learning and the learning of their classmates
- View each other as learning resources rather than just using the teacher/teaching assistants as the only human resources in the classroom.
- Help socially isolated children become more included.
Co-operative skills are taught through the lesson process. This is achieved by structuring lessons so that the success of the individual is dependent upon the success of the group thereby making competition incompatible with individual success (‘I succeed when we all succeed’). An element of individual accountability is retained to ensure all pupils have a stake in the final outcomes. The skills for Co-operative Learning are taught systematically, using increasingly sophisticated strategies as children move through the school.