Dartmouth Academy students find teacher others helps them to learn
Dartmouth Academy’s year 10 students are finding the perfect way to learn is to help teach some of the academy’s junior pupils.
The new initiative, run by vice-principal Nick Bowles, involves the students taking small groups of Junior pupils and teaching them items from their core curriculum.
The academy is uniquely set up for this ground-breaking scheme, as it is an ‘All Through’ academy – teaching children from the age 5 until 19.
The scheme has a huge amount of advantages – it helps the Year 10 students to learn about their subject better, it inspires them to take responsibility for themselves and others, and it allows the young pupils to be inspired by older children at the same school – they aspire to achieve and be responsible too.
The Academy’s year 11 students will also be running activities for Junior Pupils in June as part of their BTEC PE course. This will be organised by Luke Clements who has just been given a permanent post from September.
Mr Bowles, who has been working at the college for two years, said each week he saw students take huge steps in their development as young people.
‘This is a scheme which has been very inspiring for me to be involved in,’ he said.
‘Every week I see young people showing great intelligence, skill and caring by teaching the younger children. I can truly say that each one of these young people should be very proud of how they have conducted themselves.
‘This is a scheme which shows the community spirit within the Academy, and the advantages of our ‘all-through’ set up. We can help build links between the different age groups within the academy and that in turn will inspire the young children to achieve more – because they want to emulate the older students.’