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.

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@DidcotGirls12:26 PM - 20th July, 2021 Well done to Ennis House, with a very proud Head of House collecting the House Cup bedecked in orange! Thank you to everyone for your commitment this year and have a great summer! Read more
@DidcotGirls08:29 AM - 20th July, 2021 Huge congratulations to all of Year 9 for their work on this year. Despite very challenging circumstances, they supported 9 wonderful charities and the Helen and Douglas House group managed to win £1000 for them too. Amazing. Read more
@DidcotGirls01:09 AM - 14th July, 2021 Fantastic morning celebrating these wonderful future leaders successes! How lucky am I! 🏆💪#ThisGirlCan Read more
@DidcotGirls01:09 AM - 14th July, 2021 Great morning working with SLT on leadership behaviours and teamship principles. Brilliant team, great school.
@DidcotGirls02:47 PM - 12th July, 2021 We learn much about people when they win and even more about them when they lose. Yesterday we saw dignity, grace, warmth, compasison and above all the willingness to be vulnerable. It felt wholesome. I would see the trophy as a welcome bonus to these other victories. Read more
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