Professional practice pathway: Understanding learners

Download the guidance to help you develop your skills in the professional practice 'Understanding learners'.

Understanding your learners and their needs is an important part of classroom teaching and planning. This professional practice involves making decisions about teaching and assessment by applying an understanding of learner characteristics, including their level of attainment, their age, interests, preferred ways of learning, group dynamics, their motivation to learn, both generally and in relation to specific subjects, their educational, social, cultural and linguistic background, any special educational needs they may have, their level of autonomy and their personality.

Have a look at the resources in the downloadable guidance below to help you understand and motivate your learners as well as encourage their autonomy.

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