Katy McMahon


Caldervale High

  • Cooperative Learning

What Happens When We Explicitly Set Social Learning Intentions in a Classroom?


Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) explicitly states that it is intended to improve outcomes for young people. CfE has four capacities to create; successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors (The Scottish Government 2019). In order to achieve these capacities as practitioners we must consider carefully how we present ourselves as role models, working to the high standards set by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS 2012), and to emphasise the importance of social learning within the classroom.

With constant pressure on young people to achieve academically there are suggestions that we should take time to emphasise the importance of specific social attributes that we wish to see in our young people. Teaching social skills as well as our curricular areas, in line with health and wellbeing experiences and outcomes to enhance young people’s skills and enjoyment at school. There is evidence to suggest that pupils having responsibility for their own learning can improve behaviour and encourage them to be motived and more focused (The Scottish Government 2017).

It is vital for our young people to achieve success in their learning, to be confident, responsible and contribute effectively that they should focus on their listening skills, take time to evaluate how well they contribute to classes and how kind they are to one another.


This enquiry will focus on observing what happens when we explicitly set social learning intentions in a classroom. The social learning focuses would be listening well, contributing to the lessons and being kind to each other.

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