CAT Principle Outcomes
The Primacy of Self-Discovery
Learning happens best with emotion, challenge, and the requisite support. People discover their abilities, values, passions, and responsibilities in situations that offer adventure and the unexpected. In in CAT Academy, pupils undertake tasks that require perseverance, fitness, craftsmanship, imagination, self-discipline, and significant achievement. An Expert teacher’s task is to help pupils overcome their fears and discover they can do more than they think they can.
CARE- Caring and Empathy
Learning is fostered best in communities where students’ and teachers’ ideas are respected and where there is mutual trust. In a CAT academy our staff look after the progress and act as an advocate for each pupil.
COLLABORATION and Competition
Individual development and group development are integrated so that the value of friendship, trust, and group action is clear. Pupils are encouraged to compete, not against each other, but with their own personal best and with rigorous standards of excellence.
CREATIVITY- Having of Wonderful Ideas
Teaching in CAT academy fosters curiosity about the world by creating learning situations that provide something important to think about, time to experiment, and time to make sense of what is observed.
The Responsibility for Learning
Learning is both a personal process of discovery and a social activity. Everyone learns both individually and as part of a group. Expert Teachers encourage children to become increasingly responsible for directing their own personal and collective learning.
Success and Failure
All students need to be successful if they are to build the confidence and capacity to take risks and meet increasingly difficult challenges. But it is also important for students to learn from their failures, to persevere when things are hard, and to learn to turn disabilities into opportunities.
Diversity and Equity
Both diversity and equity increase the richness of ideas, creative power, problem-solving ability, and respect for others. In a CAT academy, pupils investigate and value their different histories and talents as well as those of all communities and cultures. Schools and learning groups are heterogeneous which provides an opportunity to accumulate advantage.
The Natural World
A direct and respectful relationship with the natural world refreshes the human spirit and teaches the important ideas of recurring cycles and cause and effect. Pupils learn to become stewards of the earth and of future generations.
Solitude and Reflection
Pupils and teachers need time alone to explore their own thoughts, make their own connections, and create their own ideas. They also need to exchange their reflections with other pupils and with adults.
Service and Compassion
Pupils and teachers are strengthened by acts of consequential service to others, and one a CAT academy’s primary function is to prepare students with the attitudes and skills to learn from and be of service.