Helping your Child to Learn

As an academy, we believe in raising independent and confident learners through a variety of strategies.

• Assessment for learning systems such as peer and self-assessment, and the use of target banks and success criteria to identify strengths and areas for development;

• The use of DPR (Dynamic Progress Reporting) to track and monitor progress;

• Flipped learning to enable learners to make great ownership over their own learning;

• Use of Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction such as:

  • Regular review of past learning in class, and through homework;
  • Chunking of lesson content;
  • Modelling and scaffolding;
  • Paired talk;

• Differentiation at all stages to ensure all learners can access curriculum effectively, and receive appropriate challenge;

• A specialised programme for Higher Ability pupils to ensure relevant challenge and independence; • Explicit teaching of vocabulary through the LEXONIK programme and through literacy form time activities;

• Explicit teaching of punctuation and grammar through English lessons and through cross-curricular literacy activities;

• Explicit teaching of planning and writing through cross-curricular literacy activities and the use of trained cross-curricular literacy champions;

• A range of reading strategies such as:

  • Library lessons;
  • Lexonik;
  • Library clubs and book clubs;

• A strategically planned curriculum which is mapped and sequenced to ensure students are able to develop the relevant knowledge and skills effectively;

• The use of cross-curricular threads which aim to develop well-rounded students with a wide breadth of knowledge which enhances their learning experience and enables them to transfer and apply knowledge and skills effectively;

• The use of regular formative and summative assessments which enable teachers to monitor progress effectively, and through the use of DPR which enables and encourages the use of regular formative assessment;

• The use of targeted interventions to ensure students are properly and effectively supported

• The use of cross-curricular literacy initiatives to underpin learning and access to the wider, whole school curriculum


How to use DPR



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