Learning Culture

Be More Yeti: Developing the TK Learning Culture

yeti‘Be More Yeti’ was coined by TK Maths teacher Mrs Richter and relates to the idea that we rarely master something new immediately and so, rather than accept a student’s statement of ‘I can’t do X’, we might qualify this by adding the word ‘Yet’.  The logo above was drawn by TK student Stan Schermuly and the Yeti also suggests the idea of students being strong and determined when faced with new challenges so that, in the style of the Yeti, they will eventually crush these challenges beneath the big feet of perseverance!

This logo directly relates to the school’s effort criteria:

Excellent Effort at TK means being committed to getting the most out of all learning opportunities available. It is what all Thomas Keble students should aim for.



A student making excellent effort:

  • Actively participates in the lesson at all times, and is fully engaged
  • Actively seeks feedback on how to improve the quality of their work
  • Shows great resilience and perseveres with all challenges, even when they are difficult
  • Manages their time and work efficiently and is highly self-disciplined

A key element of meeting these criteria, is the way in which students respond to feedback and we agree with Professor Dylan Wiliam who says that ‘feedback should be more work for the recipient than the donor’.  As such, not every page of students’ books will be marked and, where detailed feedback is offered, students will be given Directed Improvement and Reflection Time (DIRT) to demonstrate that they understand how to make progress – see school Feedback Policy  Thomas Keble School Feedback Policy.

Each time we report to parents, students are given an effort grade 1-4 and those with best/most improved aggregate effort score are recognised in the foyer’s GRIT Awards display and can also be seen on the front page of this website.

On a day-to-day basis, students will have their excellent effort and achievement recognised by the awarding of House Points which are recorded on their Be More Yeti cards.

Effective life-long learners

Members of the School Council identified these characteristics of an effective learner and they form a focus of academic tutoring sessions:


How can parents help?

The TK Learning Culture is a belief in the potential of all students to make significant improvements and this is underpinned by Professor Carol Dweck’s idea of the Growth Mindset, described in ‘Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential’.  Find out more here:



And read about the supporting evidence for this approach here:


As parents, aim to:

  • Encourage your child to be resilient and not give up, even when they find something difficult or frustrating
  • Focus on the process of the learning rather than the performance
  • Have the highest expectations
  • Explore mistakes and challenges
  • Use inspirational role models e.g. Muhammed Ali, David Beckham, Michael Jordan, Jonny Wilkinson
  • Model a growth mindset yourself
  • Praise your child’s effort, rather than their intelligence: