Teaching and Learning

‘Teaching is excellent in Years 7 to 11. It is interesting, inspiring and imaginative.’  - OFSTED

High quality Teaching and Learning is at the heart of what makes Didcot Girls’ School an Outstanding school. Our teachers take enormous pride in crafting interesting and challenging lessons, tailored to help every student make progress. They teach with flair, creativity and enthusiasm for their subjects, helping students see the relevance of their subject in and beyond the classroom.

At DGS, we create learning opportunities that help students develop a lifelong curiosity about the world around them, helping them be successful in their examinations and beyond.

The information below outlines just how much we think about teaching and learning, for the benefit of all of our students.

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Mrs Frances Ashton
Assistant Headteacher
SLE (English and CPD)

DGS Teaching and Learning Principles

‘The school has clear and very carefully considered policies about teaching which guide teachers in their work. Teachers put these policies into practice consistently, with imagination, across the school.’ – OFSTED

Our teachers work hard to ensure that every lesson they plan and deliver supports and challenges students. Over the years we have refined a framework for high quality teaching and learning, which allows our teachers to tailor their teaching to their students, whilst using tried and tested approaches.

More information our Teaching and Learning Principles can be found here.


Teaching and Learning Priorities 2021-22

‘Teachers engage in high-quality debate together about how to keep improving their teaching. They challenge each other, supportively, to do better still.’ – OFSTED

Our teachers are reflective and enthusiastic practitioners who enjoy talking about and developing their own teaching. As such, all teachers take the time to work on their own practice as part of our Continued Professional Development (CPD) provision.

This year, teachers are continuing to work on aspects of responsive teaching: making sure that all of our students are set challenging work; supported in their study and taught using refined pedagogical techniques which help them learn. This includes:

  • Inclusive pedagogy to ensure that all students are successful, and teaching is responsive
  • Department CPD: developing subject expertise and curriculum
  • Assessment to ensure that meaningful, reliable and a valid inferences are made about student understanding

Homework

Click here for our homework policy.


The Revision Revolution

Revision Revolution Booklet

In light of curriculum changes and the increased need for students to retain large amounts of content over time, ‘The Revision Revolution’ focuses on helping students revise in a structured and effective way. Click here to read more about the recent changes to the curriculum.

All students in Years 7-13 will receive assemblies on the ‘Science of Learning’ and revision strategies across the year, supported by a range of resources available to help students revise. These will be added to throughout the year. To see the structure of the ‘Revision Revolution’ please click here.

The Revision Revolution booklet has been created to support students with their independent revision. It contains information and resources to support students during student guidance time and at home, and has been designed to help students hone their revision skills and ensure that learning is being moved into their long term memory.

Please click the links below to view and download the first set of Revision Revolution resources:

CONDENSE Key Cards

MEMORISE The Power of Association

RETRIEVE Low Stakes Quizzing Template

RETRIEVE Low Stakes Quizzing

REVIEW Reflection Sheet

How to revise

How does memory work?

Tricks for getting learning to stick

Revision top tips

Making a revision timetable

This year we are building on the ‘Revision Revolution’ by teaching students independent learning and revision skills through a curriculum of Student Guidance Time sessions. The sessions are underpinned by research on effective learning and will equip students with the knowledge and skills that they need to be successful learners.  Students will develop an understanding of the science behind learning so that they can harness the power of their long-term memory. They will receive instruction on how to use learning resources such as knowledge organisers and checklists and how to recognise and respond to feedback. They will develop a repertoire of strategies corresponding to the revision revolution stages (condense, memorise, retrieve, apply, review). Students from Year 7 upwards will be equipped with independent learning and revision skills that will enable them to make productive use of time spent revising and help to make learning stick better. We hope to empower students to become effective and confident learners ready to embrace learning both in school and beyond.


Reading for Pleasure

The single most powerful thing someone can do to increase their abilities is to read. With this in mind, we are dedicating specific Extended Student Guidance sessions for reading time, as well as providing reading lists to help students make sensible and ambitious choices about their reading material. This time will help students build their vocabulary, improve their written accuracy and develop a rich understanding of the world around them.

Reading for Pleasure Strategy.

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Documents

Page Downloads Date  
Revision Revolution - MEMORISE The Power... 29th Sep 2017 Download
Revision Revolution - REVIEW reflection... 29th Sep 2017 Download
Revision Revolution Booklet 16th Jan 2018 Download
Review grid 16th Jan 2018 Download
Mind map from memory template 16th Jan 2018 Download
Knowledge organiser template 16th Jan 2018 Download
Linking topics to memory techniques 16th Jan 2018 Download
Interleaved revision timetable 16th Jan 2018 Download
Retrieval practice template 16th Jan 2018 Download
Self-testing 16th Jan 2018 Download
Teaching & Learning Newsletter November... 20th Nov 2020 Download
Teaching and Learning Newsletter May 202... 12th May 2021 Download
Teaching and Learning Principles 2021 16th Jul 2021 Download
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