The initiative is part of preparations to help students meet and exceed their target grades for their summer AS Level exams. Rather than teaching the content in a lesson, teachers have been giving students the topic for their next lesson and asking them to take responsibility to independently research that content prior to the lesson. The result of this is a deeper level of learning can be accessed when they meet in the next lesson to talk about their findings.
When asked to review the effect of this new style of teaching A-Level, English Literature teacher Mrs Hawley said:
“Pupils were thinking deeply and working autonomously and diligently within the lesson – it was lovely as a teacher to sit back, watch and assist where necessary!”
Mrs Robinson, English Language teacher commented:
“Planning the lesson really helped me think about how to push the girls and develop my teaching so that I am pushing them beyond the level they are currently working.”
Mr Davies, Director of Sixth Form, is happy that this style of learning is now being used more regularly across A-Level lessons within the Sixth Form. He said:
“By encouraging students to go and learn about topics independently, before they cover them in lesson, enables students to gain skills that are vital for university as well as promoting the opportunity to explore a deeper level of understanding within lessons.”
“This style of learning will allow students to access higher grades in the summer exams as they will have greater skills in researching A Level topics when it comes to revision.”