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Our Methodology

St. Philip school offers an innovative and complete educational path from Preschool to Lower Secondary. Our goal is to provide a nurturing educational environment in which our students thrive academically and develop social, cultural and linguistic competences to play a leading role in actively shaping our society of tomorrow.

St. Philip School’s three-year education plan is fully compliant with the guidelines issued by MIUR and Lazio USR. Drawing on the principle of school autonomy, we have devised a bilingual Italian-English curriculum. Our preschoolers enjoy 25 hours of English per week, our lower-secondary students attend 12 hours of classes in English each week.

Our mission is to ensure that our pupils gradually progress towards linguistic and cultural proficiency, our vertically-integrated curriculum – encompassing Preschool, Primary and Lower Secondary – has been crafted to facilitate such progress.

Our faculty has identified as paramount, in compliance with Law 107/2015, the following educational goals:

  • fostering and enhancing language competencies, particular emphasis placed on Italian and in English;
  • enhancing logical-mathematical and scientific skills;
  • enhancing musical skills and art skills;
  • fostering intercultural education and peace education, promoting respect for diversity and dialogue between cultures, social responsibility, solidarity and care of the common good, awareness of rights and duties;

To ensure the above mentioned educational goals are achieved, our teachers (Collegio dei Docenti), in full compliance with Presidential Decree 275/99,
have identified the following measures:

  • units of learning for each subject are devised in an interdisciplinary perspective and tailored for the specific needs of each class
  • more hours for post-school activities;
  • multi-week coordinated programming of curricular and extracurricular activities, all teachers are involved;
  • increased and more frequent use of laboratory activities and workshops;

The relevance of methodology

Increasingly, scientific literature and ministerial documents refer to concepts such as “educating community” and the importance of “context”. The former portendes to classes and departments structured not as monads, that is self-standing units, where teachers carry on with their teaching in isolation, but rather as connected and synergic parts of the same school.

i.e. the educational community is made up by heads of school, teachers, educators, school staff, students, parents.

Therefore, only when all stakeholders in the educational community cooperate, real human growth and development occurs.

This concept is strictly linked with “context”, recently introduced by the WHO with the ICF framework. There are environmental factors that can either facilitate or hinder growth and development. Hence, the question every teacher and educator should be pondering is: ”how can I best ensure the best learning environment for this pupil?”

Affinché si realizzino dunque tali condizioni, una comunità educante deve mettere a fuoco finalità e modalità comuni, in modo da rimuovere gli ostacoli dell’apprendimento e facilitarne lo sviluppo. Il collante che ci consente di promuovere una vera inclusione è il “metodo”.

In its classical meaning, pedagogy includes pedagogical anthropology, methodology and didactics, and teleology, i.e. the study of purposes. To us, sharing a method is tantamount to sharing a pedagogical purpose; setting out from the notion of child, a specific method is applied. Accordingly, methods are tailored to the specific learning needs of each child and of each class as a whole. Specific methods are paramount in our school.

Teacher training

Here at St Philip School, our teachers undergo a rigorous vetting process in which their academic, relational and psycho-pedagogical expertise is evaluated.

We believe that good teachers establish a fruitful educational rapport, in order to bring out the best out of a pupil, and our teachers are selected accordingly. We promote continuous teacher training through courses for our current teachers and educators, as well as prospective ones.

Teachers at St Philip School are rigorously and clearly inspired and know how to optimise time and resources, to devise the best teaching practices and achieve the utmost results. Allo stesso tempo si devono anche osservare principi di economia didattica per ottenere risultati positivi. Occorre dunque mirare ad un apprendimento efficace per ottimizzare le modalità di studio ed ottenere risultati concreti.


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