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Teaching & Learning

Teaching and Learning is integral to your success here at Long Road. Partnership between you and your teachers is extremely important.

Throughout your time at Long Road you will work closely with all your teachers to develop a range of learning skills.

A supportive learning environment

You will have access to excellent facilities in a supportive learning environment, including:

  • Excellent IT facilities
  • Open access Learning Resource Centre for independent study
  • Strong links with external organisations e.g. Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Arts Picturehouse, The Junction, scientific research and pharmaceutical companies and organisations, universities, colleges and a wide range of businesses
  • Subject workshops to consolidate and extend learning
  • Access in Year 1 to a team of Year 2 peer mentors, who support new students
  • Experienced staff who provide students with regular support

You will also have regular opportunities to get involved in the student community and also to develop a range of skills, not just through subject lessons but through enrichment activities, programmes of external speakers, organised visits and residential trips.

Staff

All staff at Long Road Sixth Form College are committed to providing excellent teaching for you and so take part in continuing professional development to ensure that subject knowledge is current and that teaching methodologies are innovative.

Many staff members take part in:

  • Peer observations – this programme of visits is designed to share best practice
  • Examining – this allows staff to gain an insight into the expectations examination boards have of students
  • Articles – staff have written numerous articles in their specialist areas and are recognised authorities in their field
  • Regular training – all staff attend regular training throughout the year to ensure that they are up to date with new teaching strategies as well as subject-specific developments. Staff regularly update their knowledge of the implementation of equality and diversity strategies and the safeguarding of all students.

College work during COVID Isolation

If you are isolating and asymptomatic, or feel well enough to do some college work, you should try to keep up with learning. Teachers will aim to post learning materials on the class Teams page at the time of the normal lesson, or if that is not possible before the end of that day. Some teachers may be able to record the lesson or enable access to the live lesson via Teams meetings.

Students who are isolating should acknowledge that they have accessed the materials by leaving a confirmation comment on the Teams page, so that the teacher can see what has been done. The work can be done at the time of the lesson, or at a later time when the student feels up to it.

Students who are too unwell to work should use the Teams materials to catch up when recovered and able to. The important thing is not to fall too far behind and work to your capabilities. Students should communicate with their teachers and Progress Coaches if they are struggling due to COVID isolation or illness.

Public exams are still expected to take place this year, and if teachers need to provide grades for any missed exams, (for individuals or whole groups of students) they will need the academic evidence to do so.