Abbey Vocational School
Donegal Town

Learning Intentions

School Improvement Target for 2020 / 2021

One of our School Improvement targets for 2020 – 2021 is the explicit sharing of Learning Intentions with our students.

Learning Intentions

A learning intention for a lesson or series of lessons is a statement, created by the teacher, that describes clearly what the teacher wants the students to know, understand, and be able to do as a result of learning and teaching activities.

In Junior Cycle learning intentions are always linked to one or more learning outcomes in the subject specification.

Research shows that students who regularly receive this information in the classroom are more focused for longer periods of time, more motivated and active in their learning & better able to take responsibility for their own learning.

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Learning Intentions:

  • are written in student friendly, age appropriate language from the students’ perspective (e.g. We are learning to:). and post the learning intentions visibly in the classroom.
  • are achievable for all students.
  • provide the teacher with the opportunity to introduce new language at the beginning of a topic/lesson
  • are shared with our students at appropriate times in each unit of learning/lesson.
  • are connected to instruction and when students are engaged in learning activities. They focus on what the students will be learning.
  • are clarified with students to ensure that students and teacher share the same understanding of what is to be learned.
  • help to achieve the learning outcomes from the subject specification / syllabus.


  • we will provide our students time and opportunity to reflect on and discuss the learning intentions
  • we will ask our students to monitor their progress in relation to the learning intention.

Next Steps...

Dr.John Hattie talks about Learning Intentions & Success Criteria >>

"It's not about the task" .... Hattie

"Clear learning intentions should help students focus not just on the task or activity taking place but on what they are learning".

NCCA, p.5

NCCA Booklet - Focus on Learning Learning intentions & Success Criteria

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