At the heart of our policy on Learning and Teaching is the desire to develop effective learning. We pursue excellence by meeting the learning needs of every student, so that they are inspired to grow into independent learners and can make outstanding progress.
Our aim is to ensure a high standard of teaching, which encourages students to actively engage in their own learning. Our lessons are designed to cumulatively build progress for learners. In every lesson teachers share the progress steps the students are required to make. This ensures students are well informed about how they are learning, what they are learning and why they are learning it.
Lessons are designed to ensure students have opportunities to construct their learning for themselves. Teachers design activities to boost student participation in lessons and make learning more active. To ensure activities meet the needs of all learners all faculties design and deliver progression units which are differentiated. Teachers ensure learning activities are differentiated to stretch and support learners so all can access the tasks and make good progress.
Progress is an important aspect of effective learning and is tracked in all years through 6 half term assessments. Heads of Faculty, Subject Teachers, Year Team Leaders and Pastoral Managers work together to identify any students who are under performing and to provide appropriate intervention to help students get back on track. Progress is shared with students who can track their progress on the Progress Charts within their exercise books. Each student will also track their progress during their Progress Review that takes place with their Tutor following each round of assessment. Progress and effort is acknowledged through our reward system.
Teaching aims to build the habits of good learning in our students. Teachers build opportunities in their lessons for students to build these habits e.g. active listening, managing distractions, distilling information, collaborating with others, sustaining concentration, using resources effectively.
Our teachers are highly committed and interested in learning. The academy is keen to build excellence and provides highly effective professional development opportunities for its staff. Time is dedicated every week to a programme of staff professional development. Staff are encouraged to continue with their learning and are supported in their studies for higher degrees and the OTP development programme at both level one and level two.