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Dixons City Academy is committed to listening to our students.
As part of the bi-annual departmental reviews students in KS3, KS4, and Post16 complete a survey about each subject in rotation. They are asked a variety of questions about their specific teachers on areas such as teaching and learning, what activities help them learn, how homework supports learning and how enjoyable they find the subject and their learning experience.
In addition, small groups of KS3, KS4 and P16 students are interviewed and asked about the subject involved. All of this information is collated and passed back to teachers via the Heads of Department as part of the review feedback. Following this Heads of Department feedback via the Student Council outlining any changes they are implementing as a result of the process.
The Student Council is made up of representatives from Year 7 – Year 12. The council meets regularly throughout the year discussing actions and working on community and charity based projects.
The council have established a number of sub groups to deal with suggestions and concerns arising from the student voice. The sub groups are:
The main responsibility of the Communications Team is to ensure that the work of the Student Council is effectively communicated to all students, staff and parents. The team have established a Student Council notice board and a Blog to internally communicate progress. They regularly attend year group assemblies to talk all students about their work and reinforce the methods available for students to get in touch with them. They have established a regular feature in the Academy Newsletter to contact parents to advise them on their work.
Academy Action Team
The main aim of the Academy Action Team is to work towards improving student's way of life within the Academy through responding to ideas and suggestions that are raised on the Blog or through the Drop in Desk.
The Eco Team are looking at new ways to improve sustainability within the Academy. The team are working closely with students and staff internally to identify opportunities to reduce our Carbon Footprint. They are also working with third parties and external companies to look for ways to become a more sustainable school and maintain our Green School Award.
Teaching and Learning Action Team
Teaching and Learning is what makes a school. The experience of the students in this area is paramount to the Council. The Teaching and Learning Team have been working closely with the Senior Management Team to review the policies of the Academy – especially any that regard the teaching methods and how students learn.
The Community and Charity Action Team
The Community and Charity Action Team are providing help for local charities and local schools in Bradford. They are encouraging students to get involved through volunteering time to work on local projects and for local charities. The team are also involved with raising funds to support charities both locally, nationally and globally.
Student Learning Partners
Each year a group of Year 9 students are trained to work with staff, observing lessons; co-planning and co-delivery lessons. They work closely with other Year 9 students from Dixon's Allerton and Grange Technology College. The students spend time identifying what makes a good lesson; how to observe lessons; how to deliver feedback professionally and how to plan agile lessons. One of the aims of the project is to improve the quality of feedback that students are able to provide about the teaching and learning in their lessons.
The scheme runs annually from October to June and receives positive feedback from both staff and students. The scheme engages students with the teaching and learning process and enables them with a direct opportunity to feedback, contributing to the continually improvement of the effectiveness of our teaching and learning. Along with this the students are able to share
best practice amongst the three schools that are involved in the scheme.
Investors in Pupils
Investors in Pupils is an award designed to develop pupils responsibility and participation in their own education. It is aimed at empowering all students, increase motivation and contribute to raising standards. It builds on best practice that already exists in our school. Following our recent Ofsted judgement it is clear that students already take responsibility for their own personal development, which is one of the key elements of this initiative.
Investors in Pupils is a simple extension of the work we already do with our students at Dixons. It is derived from the basis of the Investors in People Award.
Click here see the students testimonials video.
The award is based on four key principles
Commitment - Review - Action - Improvement
These are evidenced through five key areas:
Learning - Behaviour - Attendance - Classroom Management - Induction
The award recognises the importance of relationships, teamwork and the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved in our student's education.
As part of this process they have created form induction booklets which detail who is who in their form and the key people any new starter may come across.
The award is granted after a lengthy assessment process which will look at:
- How the school cares with pupils and also the knowledge the students have about the school
- How the teachers help the pupils in learning and individual needs (help setting targets, progress grades, monitoring, individual needs identified and supported)
How the students work as a team (team days, interform, PDS, help each other to achieve your targets)
All students need knowledge of the following:
- How the adults at school help our development
- How you can help your form reach their targets
- How adults can help you learn - all adults, from Teachers to IN to leaning staff
- How adults can support individual needs
- How much it costs to run the school and where the money is spent
- How much resources cost
- Examples of achievements & improvements that students have contributed towards
We look forward to reviewing this process again in forth coming academic year 2015 - 2016.