The DGS Half Dozen

DGS

This is our statement of intent to provide high quality learning experiences for all our students every lesson, every day. Lessons at Didcot Girls’ School embody our core values of respectful relationships, high expectations and including everyone.

Passion

As teachers we are expert in our subject areas and passionate about learning. We seek to inspire our students and as a result they demonstrate enthusiasm for learning. We believe that talent and ability are not fixed and that all students can achieve.

Purpose

All lessons have clearly communicated objectives and differentiated success criteria, and students understand how their learning fits into the big picture both of the curriculum and their lives. Wherever possible, students have a real audience for their work.

Pitch

Learning is planned to challenge all learners appropriately. This includes using a variety of approaches so that students can learn in different ways. Where a menu of choices is offered students choose appropriately, challenge themselves and take risks in their learning demonstrating their growth mindset.

Pace

Learning proceeds at an appropriate pace. Transitions between activities are swift and effective, lesson routines are slick and there is no low level disruption. Maximum use is made of every minute of lesson time. 

Progress

All students make progress which is good or better and aim towards challenging targets. Teachers use a range of techniques to assess students’ understanding, especially high quality questioning throughout the lesson to pick up on misconceptions and drive the learning forward. Students understand the next steps they need to make in their learning and are able to reflect on the progress which they have made. Written feedback is specific and students consistently act on their teachers’ feedback to make progress.

Participation

Students are fully engaged with their learning and take responsibility for their own progress. Lessons have explicit planned opportunities to develop skills of resilience, independence and team work.  Students work hard and are not afraid to make mistakes.

PS - Skills

The teaching of literacy is embedded into every lesson and emphasis is given to subject specific terminology and the accuracy of written work. Students present and discuss confidently using Standard English. Teachers take every opportunity to promote and develop numeracy skills.

@DidcotGirls10:00 PM - 20th April, 2019 Best of luck to year 9 student Talia Sanders who is flying out to Spain to play for England Schools U15s this weekend 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 ⚽️ We couldn’t be prouder! Read more
@DidcotGirls10:00 PM - 20th April, 2019 A perfect morning for ! Fantastic to see so many staff, students, families and even their dogs enjoying the weather and getting their running (and volunteering) shoes on 🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️ 👏🏼 Read more
@DidcotGirls05:53 PM - 17th April, 2019 A very productive workshop session today in Art & Graphics! Lovely to see so many students displaying commitment to their 🎨 Read more
@DidcotGirls09:46 AM - 16th April, 2019 Following the well-deserved success of Mr Manning in becoming Headteacher at St Birinus School from September, we have a vacancy for a Deputy Headteacher from September 1st. If you would like to join us in developing our amazing girls as future leaders: Read more
@DidcotGirls07:42 PM - 11th April, 2019 My latest Patron of Writing update is available to read in the March from Didcot Girls' School - find it here & see what a poet in school is getting up to! 🙂 ⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦Read more
@DidcotGirls09:50 PM - 10th April, 2019 So lovely to see so many year 11’s in school working on dance theory during the Easter break Read more
@DidcotGirls09:21 PM - 9th April, 2019 We hope that everyone’s having a lovely Easter Holiday so far! Here’s our cover of Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” in the end of term assembly. Read more
@DidcotGirls12:40 PM - 9th April, 2019 7 members of staff (and a dog) spent their Sunday walking 14km DofE routes ready for our bronze expeditions next term👏🏼
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