'Learning without Limits' Programme

'Learning without Limits' Programme

Cheshire Academies Trust and Cheshire Leadership and Teaching Alliance provides a sustained and carefully designed professional development programme underpinned by some of the best international ideas, research and evidence from around the world. This includes from Cambridge University, Learning without Limits research team, Harvard University with Expeditionary Learning, and the research of Todd Rose, and Standford University with ideas and evidence from Professor Carol Dweck, Professor Jo Boaler and the Visible Teaching research by Professor John Hattie.

This learning network brings curriculum leaders together, with a collegiate desire to explore what might be possible when a whole school staff, acting together, commits themselves to creating an environment free from limiting beliefs about children - and themselves as expert teachers and educators.

The sessions are called ‘close to practice’ units as all research based ideas can be applied to real classrooms with real teachers/educators.

The vision of the Learning without Limits programme is that we can:

  • Develop expert teaching with energy focussed on planning high quality learning based on what great teachers do, including child engaged assessment model, deeper instruction and curriculum design.
  • Focus on classroom culture that offers challenge within lessons so that children develop the dispositions to work at the very limit of their current understanding;
  • Introduce a suite of Protocols, rituals and checks for understanding that elevates all teaching and supports them as dynamic assessors;
  • Provide feedback about learning that is kind, specific and helpful that builds motivation to approach new learning in a very powerful way;
  • Harnesses the ‘peer effect’ so that an ethic of everybody together is established and embedded;
  • Introduces an expanded notion of achievement that includes, mastery of knowledge and skills, producing high quality work, as well as character;
  • Understand the psychology of change so that school leaders encourage the growth of inventiveness and openness to new ideas;
  • Look beyond the limits of our own localities to incorporate current international research into pedagogy;
  • Engage with others’ in a collaborative project to explore and develop a deeper understanding of what human educability means – and improve schools.


Learning without Limits

Close to Practice Unit

Key focus


Session 1

Overview of Learning without Limits

Curriculum – Expeditionary Learning

Child-Engaged Assessment

Expert Teachers (7Cs)

Dec 9 2021

Session 2



Learning and the Brain

Leading in a Culture of Change


Jan 20 2022

Session 3

Child–engaged assessment model

Assessment inside children’s head -  standards

Evaluative feedback to the teacher

Crafting high quality daily learning targets – feedback

Formative assessment strategies – what are they for?

Whole class feedback

Rubrics / success criteria

March 10 2022

Session 4




Learning with Mick Waters

Twilight session

May 24 2022

Session 4

Curriculum Design

history and background

powerful projects

case study use

legacy outcomes.

Planning priorities for back in school

July 1 2022

Session 5

Memory, Retrieval and

Cognitive Load (with Rosenshine’s Principles)

Strategies that support primary aged children.

Link to child-engaged assessment

Protocols revisit

Planning priorities for back in school

TBC Term 6 ot Term 1 next academic year

Session 6

Child-engaged assessment model and Checks for Understanding

The other elements to the model and the power of the ‘peer effect’ and its links to 7C’s expert teaching.

The MITA project – Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants – reducing dependency and the ‘isolation effect’

Planning priorities for back in school

Sept 2022

Session 7

How LwL and Expeditionary Learning comes together

History of Expeditionary Learning

Classes in courage reading

EL Principles


EL Core Practices – exploration

Planning priorities for back in school

Nov 2022

Session  8

Understanding EL approach with more depth

Snake sequence to understand projects x 6 film clips and note taker

GO, GO, MO protocol

Aligning the 4 LwL principles with the snake sequence

Crew reading from Centennial EL school

Crew meetings film

Planning priorities for back in school

Jan 2023

Session 9




Expert Teaching and 7C’s with

Active Management in the classroom

Planning priorities for back in school

March 2023

Session 10

Calm, Alert and Learning – understanding how to optimise behaviour for learning

Looking through the lens of disadvantage

Planning priorities for back in school

May 2023

Session 11

Embedding formative assessment

The influence of Professor Stobart

The use of models, what is happening in school?

A sequence for learning - Lesson Design (EL education)

The 7 C’s related to teachers as assessors

Planning priorities for back in school

July 2023

Session 12

The Myth of Average

Myth of fixed ability

10,000 hours of practise


LwL research team – reading ‘Developing teaching free from ability labelling’

Revisit Hattie evidence and transforming learning capacity

Mapping backwards the learning journey

Success requires an understanding about what success looks like – visible learning

The place of mistakes

Checking to ensure understanding

The criterion of continuity

Planning priorities for back in school

Sept 2023

Session 13

Review of our learning  - film

Personal reflection of the learning during the year

Fox tool based on personal reflections to plan 2023+


CAT Festival of Collaboration ??


Before 2024 ?

Contact Us

01829 752811 info@cheshireacademiestrust.co.uk
Kelsall Primary School, Flat Lane, Kelsall Cheshire