At Kings, we build a partnership between parents, students, and teachers that puts learning first. We help our students to value learning by activating them as owners of their own learning.
Our teachers have real respect for their learners as people with ideas of their own. They are passionate about teaching and learning, and able to present challenging learning tasks. Their expertise allows them to 'read' their classrooms and to be more responsive to learners. They are extremely flexible and take every opportunity to maximise learning. They are great seekers and users of feedback.
We firmly believe that assessment is the bridge between teaching and learning. Therefore, every lesson at Dixons Kings will show evidence of the following core features:
1. Personalised learning activities
2. Effective formative assessment
3. Clear development and structure of learning
THESE ARE COMPULSORY FEATURES OF ALL OUR LESSONS.
Several other key elements of the academy approach include:
Tutors who coach students to seek and build authentic learning experiences inside and outside of the academy building.
In our classrooms and in our schemes of work and lessons plans, we value knowledge, skills and understanding.
Our Top 3 literacy strategies are: reading book in possession at all times (reading); speak in full sentences and no slang (speaking); track the speaker/s (listening).
Instead of excusing bad learning habits we insist on good learning habits day-in-and-day-out with high expectations and no excuses.
We harness the power of feedback to increase student learning, by ensuring that feedback causes cognitive rather than an emotional reaction.
We expect all students to progress at least two levels over a Key Stage. This will result in nearly every student succeeding in achieving at least a positive Progress 8 score, and the majority achieving the English Baccalaureate (A*-C in English, mathematics, science, one language and history / geography).