Our Teaching Methodology
At the heart of our academic programme is engaging and dynamic teaching that motivates and challenges our students. Our teaching methodology is based around interactive classes where each student is an active participant. Our small class sizes, generally no larger than 8 students, engenders full participation, ensuring students not only engage, but actively contribute to programme development.
At LSI Independent Sixth Form College we believe that excellent teaching involves not just the delivery of key knowledge and skills but the ability to engender a shared passion for the subject. Our teachers encourage critical thinking, questioning and debate. They expect students to challenge and offer alternative points of view. Our teachers create an environment in which students are curious and motivated, so that our students can build on the A level syllabus and can become independent learners; with the desire to think for oneself, the ability to select information and the confidence to construct an informed argument. We believe this is fundamental, both to the student’s success at the A-level examinations, but also to their wider success at university and in the work place.
Students receive feedback on a daily basis from their class teachers. In addition, every student is supervised by the Directors of Studies, who review their progress through meetings with their class teachers and evaluation of test and assignment scores. Teachers regularly write grade predictions and progress reports, which are discussed with the student before being sent on to parents. The Directors of Studies meet each student regularly to discuss their progress in scheduled tutorials.
Parents are kept fully informed of progress in regular correspondence with the Directors of Studies and are warmly encouraged to contact us at any time. We view parents’ participation as fundamental and we welcome an ongoing dialogue. In cases where we identify issues, parents will be informed immediately and we will work together to provide support and resolution.