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

Week 17 Focus: Three ways to connect the learning...

What's in it for me?

  • Establish a culture of learning from the 'get go'
  • Demonstrate that you mean business and have high expectations of the students

Judge it

Have a piece of work- perhaps from last lesson, or a piece you have purposefully written- displayed on the board.

Ask students to judge it (you can provide them with sentence stems if necessary to help them formulate a response)- you can use the whiteboards for this.

This piece of work ought to be used to stimulate discussion and focus on the objectives you may have worked with in previous lessons- based on this, ask students to set themselves targets for the forthcoming lesson.

Home Learning

An issue with Home Learning is the extra marking it creates- avoid this at times by asking students to complete a short task such as discovering or defining concepts, and how they might link to the topic of study. Make sure they have the work glued in their books for use throughout the lesson.

Sort It Out

Make a list of skills and concepts, and offer students the chance to sort out into "understood" or "can do" and "not understood" or "can't do" columns- use this to benchmark and set students targets for the lesson.

Hopefully, concepts and skills should be embedded into schemes of learning and constantly referred to, so this should be a useful ongoing process of reflection for the students.

Based on this, be prepared to offer tasks or intervention to help students get to move forward.

The Learning Team

Danny Carr (AHT)

Andy Sammons

Kiran Ali

Emma Butterworth

Carolyn Shaw

Dates for your diary... THURSDAY TRAINING

Taxonomy of Errors with DCR and ASA

Thursday, March 6th, 3:30pm


A workshop promoting a way of giving quicker, smarter and more student-owned feedback

Teaching and Learning Post 16 with JUH, KWS and HES

Thursday, March 13th, 3:30pm


AFL with KAI and MPE

Thursday, March 20th, 3:30pm


Re-vitalise the first 20 minutes of lessons with CPE

Thursday, March 27th, 3:30pm



Thursday, April 3rd, 3:30pm

Questioning with KAI and DCR