Teaching and Learning at George Abbot
It is our aim that leaning permeates all that we do. We are proactive in ensuring that George Abbot students are enabled to be successful and lifelong learners. We have 10 steps – known as ‘The GA Student 10′ – to help support our students to learn successfully. These steps are referenced in both form and lesson time in order for students to absorb their meaning and manage their learning responsibly.
GA Student 10
- Develop your subject knowledge
- Understand what helps you to learn best
- Use time wisely
- Manage your own behaviour
- Self and peer assess your work
- Learn to work both independently and with others
- Think of new and different ways to absorb and retain information
- Complete homework to develop your knowledge
- Ask and answer questions, regularly
- Know which skills are needed to complete different tasks
George Abbot staff also reference a framework of research-based pedagogy to plan and deliver effective lessons. We hold great value in developing our teaching expertise such that a bespoke programme of professional development is accessed by all of our teaching body. This means that your child is in receipt of highly skilled teaching which is informed by current theory and practice.
At George Abbot we believe that homework helps to facilitate student progress. Studies suggest that homework can add between two and eight months progress to a student’s learning (Education Endowment Foundation) .
Homework is set for students in each year group. We expect the volume to increase as they move through the school.
Teachers will choose when it is most beneficial to learning to set any homework in the week. Research shows that this allows homework to have greater impact on learning. Where possible, teachers will try to give students 5-7 days to complete tasks.
Students can access the gallery and USIC to make use of the facilities available. These venues are supervised. Hours as follows: Gallery is open from 8.00am – 8:30am, break time and lunch time. USIC is open 8.00am – 5.00pm with homework club for all students based there from 3:15pm.
We use Show My Homework (SMHK) to record and communicate homework. Students and parents/carers are able to download the SMH app or follow the link on our student hub to facilitate easy access to allocated homework tasks.