‘The purposes of education include more than achievement. Among the most important is the development of citizens with challenging minds and dispositions who become active, competent and thoughtfully critical in our complex world. Schooling should have a major impact on the enhancement of character.’ John Hattie, Visible Learning for Teachers
At INA, the BRIDGES framework has been designed to summarise the main character traits and learning dispositions that we believe are fundamental to being an effective learner and to success and fulfilment in life.
The BRIDGES framework is a set of fifty two learning dispositions, habits of mind and character traits that we are explicitly developing in our students, built around the acronym BRIDGES:
BRIDGES underpins our ethos, curriculum and policies at the Academy. At INA we have developed a culture in classrooms (and the Academy as a whole) that systematically cultivates habits, learning dispositions, attitudes and characteristics enables our students to grow into well rounded individuals and resilient learners.
At Isaac Newton Academy, Key Stage 3 students have a BRIDGES lesson with their form tutor every Monday morning and are introduced to one or two new habits of mind or learning characteristics every two weeks through a special BRIDGES assembly so that, by the end of their first two years at INA, students have learned about and worked on all fifty two dispositions. In addition, every lesson at Isaac Newton Academy has a BRIDGES learning objective. Each fortnight a description of the next BRIDGES disposition is published in the secondary newsletter, including top tips to help parents support their child in developing the BRIDGES habits of mind and learning characteristics outside of school.
All students have a one-to-one BRIDGES mentoring session with their BRIDGES mentor twice a year where they reflect on their BRIDGES strengths and areas for development. We recognise students who have made great progress with their BRIDGES dispositions at our termly awards assemblies.
In the primary school, pupils work on developing the seven overarching BRIDGES dispositions which rotate on a weekly cycle throughout the year. The BRIDGES habit of the week is introduced during the Monday assembly and reinforced throughout the week across the curriculum. Each class teacher awards a certificate to the pupil that she feels has best demonstrated the BRIDGES habit of the week.
The BRIDGES habit that will be introduced in the coming week is publicised in the weekly newsletter, alongside some top tips on how parents can reinforce the habit at home.
‘The Academy’s unique ‘BRIDGES’ programme enables the students to learn, explore and develop the qualities and skills to become very well-rounded individuals, exceptionally well equipped for the future world of work. It develops students’ knowledge, skills and qualities to support them in becoming effective learners, well prepared for the future.’ Ofsted, 2014
The BRIDGES Wheel: