Key Points for Development
We have agreed on the following key points for development for the school as a whole:
1. Ensuring bilingualism
All DSL pupils should develop and enhance their linguistic skills in English and German to the best of their abilities. To this end we want to implement learning structures which:
- enable all pupils to benefit from their bilingual environment
- emphasise an open mindset
- motivate pupils to consolidate basic language structures and develop a flexible approach to language acquisition
The programme already includes:
PLUS courses in German and English from Years 5-8 https://www.dslondon.org.uk/about/faqs/plus-groups
BUZZ words in all subjects (specialist vocabulary in German and English is defined for every year group, elaborated during lessons throughout the year and then presented in a fun competition at the end of the school year).
CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) has been developed this academic year for differentiated and stimulating language learning in all subjects. The school is implementing language frameworks for specific linguistic functions (DESCRIBE, ANALYSE, COMPARE, COMMENT etc.) that are meant to continually improve the academic and linguistic quality of subject-related texts by students. All departments and two SMARTgroups are working on this. Staff received professional input and time to develop this together on the inset day in early February 2020.
2. Building collaborative structures
The DSL strives to build a partnership of trust between pupils, all members of staff and parents with the aim of extending the bilingual educational programme. Our aims are:
- to involve our pupils in all aspects of their education and academic development as much as possible
- to provide our teaching and administrative staff with a sustainable framework for innovation and the professional exchange of ideas
- to establish a framework for a regular and effective exchange of ideas with DSL parents
Assemblies give students the opportunity to work together across year groups and exchange ideas.
The Parents’ Association (PA) organises Round Table meetings two to three times a year. All stakeholders are involved: students, teachers, admin, parents. The topics of these meeting are agreed during previous meetings with the PA board and school management.
Teachers work together in small SMART groups on current development topics (see structural formation).
Peer lesson observation in TRIANGLE teams within departments twice per school year (November/April). This is mandatory for all teachers and also happens across year groups and across subjects twice a year and is subsequently evaluated during conferences.
3. Active student involvement
Our aim is to reinforce our pupils’ self-motivation and independence. We expect our pupils to develop their own initiatives and put these into effect so that school becomes a place where pupils play an active role in the learning process.
The following areas are relevant:
- participation in lessons
- differentiation in teaching and inclusion (departments are developing standards and areas for differentiation in teaching based on Josef Leisen’s teaching-learning model)
- student participation in staff conferences, elections, parents’ evenings/days, round table meetings
- classroom management (initiatives by the student council and a member of staff for students to design the learning environment)
- events organised by the pupils, such as assemblies, school meetings, DSL+ talks, charity events, sporting events