Dereham Neatherd High School

Dereham Neatherd High School

A Specialist Language College

Attitude to Learning

This is our Attitude to Learning Criteria for academic year 2015/16. Teachers grade their students six times a year for intervention from the Student Support Team. ATL data is sent home three times a year.  The aim for each student is to reach ATL1 – all to do with effort.


  • You always have a fantastic attitude in lessons.  You have everything you need for your lessons and appear really motivated.
  • You are always actively engaged with the work and work well both on your own and with your classmates.
  • Your homework is also handed in on time and its quality exceeds expectations.
  • Your attitude to learning helps you and those around you to go beyond your potential.


  • Your attitude is consistently of a high standard.  You bring all equipment to lessons and are positive in class.
  • You engage well with your classmates and work independently when necessary.
  • Your homework is handed in on time and is completed fully.  (Note –if regularly late –regardless of quality- it’s a 3).
  • Your attitude to learning allows you and others in the classroom to meet your potential.


  • You listen passively in class without always focussing fully and get on with the work eventually, often when reminded by the teacher. You bring a pen and generally hand work in on time but it often seems as though the teacher is working harder than you.
  • You sometimes need to engage more and could be more effective when working with others. You let others distract you from time to time.
  • Teachers have concerns over your homework. It may be that you are missing deadlines and/or the homework is barely satisfactory or poor quality.
  • You are not putting enough effort into your lessons and homework to be sure of meeting your potential.


  • You do not contribute positively enough in lessons.
  • The teachers need to work to keep you on task.  You do not always seem ready to learn in lessons. You are often apathetic.
  • You often talk, day dream and/ or behave in a silly way.  You can sometimes distract others.
  • Your homework is often late and/ or appears rushed and undeveloped.
  • You disrupt the learning of others and will not be able to meet your own potential.