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About Consilium

Consilium Academies is a multi-academy Trust working across the North of England. It has nine academy schools located in Yorkshire, the North West, and the North East. Consilium is dedicated to enriching lives and inspiring ambitions for both students and colleagues.

Teaching and Learning

Heworth Learning Cycle – SOLAR

The SOLAR Learning Cycle supports in the planning and delivery of exciting and engaging learning experiences. Outstanding learning takes place when clear learning objectives are coupled with engaging activities. Learning experiences are further enhanced when students are given the chance to demonstrate their understanding of the learning and are given regular opportunities to retrieve and reflect upon what they have learnt.


SOLAR Learning Cycle


Engage students immediately with a BAR retrieval starter. Activate prior knowledge and ‘fire the cognitive pump’, to develop the students’ learning power.  Research suggests that the most effective retrieval activities are varied, and ‘low-stakes’. Retrieval opportunities provide immediate feedback to both student and teacher builds resilience, and helps make the concept ‘stick’. Evidence-based research also suggests that retrieval has the greatest impact when it occurs a week – or month later.


Share the objectives. Motivate and make relevant – why this is important to know? Make explicit why students need to master this skill. Research shows that students who are clear about their learning and ‘see the bigger picture’ make the most progress.


Teach the concept required for students to progress. Modelling is an ideal way to show the thought process and path to success. Regular checks will ensure that learners have developed the same level of understanding.


Learners use the knowledge that they have discovered throughout the lesson and apply it to an activity. This could be an exam question or a broader activity that connects and contextualises their learning. This links prior learning and allows students to see ‘the bigger picture’ (Bloom’s). Students will find this task enhances their understanding of the topic and is a good measure of progress.


Reflect on the learning outcomes and what students have learnt in the lesson. This sums up the lesson content and allows student progress to be shown clearly.  

Marking and feedback; The SUN model

  • Marking and feedback forms an essential part of the learning experience for our learners. Teachers at Heworth Grange follow the SUN model, designed to support and move learning forward.  We assess with the SUN model to: MOTIVATE   MONITOR and MOVE LEARNING FORWARD and most importantly so our students know their:
  • Strengths – what they’ve done well
  • Understand – any errors they may have made in their work
  • Next Steps – and clearly know their areas for improvement