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Sketchnote - Portmoak Primary School - Learning is better when children talk about their learning - September 2018

What is this?

​​This sketchnote provides a visual description of the practice and approaches identified as excellent practice in the inspection of Portmoak Primary School in Kinross-shire.​​

Who is this for?

​Leaders across all learning settings.​

How to use this exemplar to improve practice

  • Download​ and print the sketchnote and share with staff.​
  • Follow up on any specific sections of interest in the inspection report and Summary of Inspection Findings (SIF).
  • Use discussions with children, parents, staff and other colleagues to consider your own improvement journey.​

Improvement questions

  • What strategies and approaches taken by the primary school have led to their success in achieving excellence?
  • What aspects of these approaches do you need to prioritise and who will take them forward
  • What barriers do you see in adopting or adapting Portmoak's approach and how will you work to overcome them?


PDF file: How Portmoak Primary School develops children as leaders of their own learning (2.1 MB)

PDF file: Blog for Portmoak Primary School (325 KB)​

Explore this exemplar​

What was done?

A planned approach involving all stakeholders in developing children as leaders of their own learning. This was identified during an inspection and we wanted to find a new way to share the story. A sketchnote and materials from insp​ection have been gathered together in this template.


We wanted to find some new ways of sharing good practice from inspection. We know that using sketchnotes is a popular approach for providing a visual journey of activities.

Showing the primary school's journey in this way will enable colleagues to download and print the sketchnote to inspire themselves and others. Using the prompt questions, reading the inspection report and quotes from the head teacher will enable colleagues to consider how to adapt and use similar approaches in their own setting as part of their improvement journey.

What was the impact?

The journey showing learning is better when children talk about themselves as learners detailed in the sketchnote clearly shows the range of approaches used to move the primary school to achieving an excellent evaluation in their recent inspecti​on.​