Dixons Allerton Academy

Teaching and Learning Bulletin

Our weekly bulletin...

Each week, the Learning Team will circulate a bulletin covering all things Teaching and Learning at the Academy. Principally, the purpose of the bulletin is to keep all staff updated in terms of all the T&L news at DAA, as well as key events for your diaries connected with T&L.

Don't forget the T&L Breakfast.... WEDNESDAY MORNING in the 6th form hub

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Week 12 Focus: better homework

What's in it for me?

  • Supports student progress
  • Enhances student independence and ought to enhance engagement within lessons as welle


Although we have SAM Learning, this offers a more personalised service in which teachers are able to create their own games for students to complete during a set period of time.

Takeaway Homework

Offer students a range of set tasks for their homework- this should encourage ownership of homework, and ought to enhance their motivation to complete it. An excellent example can be seen here.

The Flipped Classroom

Ask students to watch and summarise a clip on YouTube or online. They should then come prepared with 'new knowledge' to engage with the content in the following lesson.

Anthony Agony Section...

Dear Anthony,

I am struggling to keep on top of my marking, and I can see some students are starting to put less effort into their work in class time as a result- I'm just worried that if I try to keep up, then I'll just be buried under a pile of books.

There is, unfortunately, a hard truth to marking- you only really get out what you put in. However difficult your little lovelies are, they do appreciate and do benefit from the time you put into their books. The next time they are wavering on whether to bother with some work or not- your recent comment or question in their book might just make the difference.

This does NOT necessarily mean that you can't be smart about it to cut the workload. You can do this by-

  • Being selective about what you mark- one piece of paragraphed work every couple of weeks is sufficient- a whole class can be done in around an hour
  • Recognising that marking IS planning, and time to respond to feedback is something that is done during a lesson, and should take time from the lesson itself
  • Using more specific success criteria in class- ask students to grade each other by labelling the work of a partner to show their success
  • Make peer assessment a regular feature of review sections of your lesson- routines can be extremely powerful.

Good luck!




In the raffle for the Teaching and Learning book is:

Andy Sammons – Excellent work with Home Learning – nominated by Marcus Philpot

Andrea Dykxhoorn – Observed using differentiation to engage her students – nominated by Neil Miley

If DOLs have any nominations, please email dcarr@dixonsaa.com

The Learning Team

Danny Carr (AHT)

Andy Sammons

Kiran Ali

Emma Butterworth

Carolyn Shaw

Dates for your diary...