Focus on learning

At Dixons Unity Academy, we want to make sure no second of learning is wasted. Every decision in school is focused on maximising the learning for everyone.

We help our students to value learning by activating them as owners of their own learning.

Our teachers are passionate about teaching and learning and have a real respect for their learners as people with ideas of their own. Every teacher at Dixons Unity Academy receives weekly coaching from an experienced colleague. This is sharply focused on how to improve teaching and learning in the classroom. Teachers’ expertise allows them to 'read' their classrooms and to be more responsive to learners. Teachers at Dixons Unity Academy encourage feedback in everything that we do and use this, as well as other opportunities, to maximise learning.

We firmly believe that assessment is the bridge between teaching and learning. Therefore, every lesson at Dixons Unity will show evidence of the following core features:

  • personalised learning activities
  • effective formative assessment
  • clear development and structure of learning

Other key elements of the academy approach to learning include:

  • tutors who coach students to seek and build authentic learning experiences inside and outside of the academy building
  • adhering to our three literacy strategies: reading book in possession at all times (reading); speak in full sentences with no slang (speaking); track the speaker/s (listening)
  • harnessing the power of feedback to increase student learning. We ensure that feedback causes cognitive rather than emotional reactions

Instead of excusing bad learning habits we insist on good learning habits day-in and day-out with high expectations and no excuses.

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We're having a great evening at Unity showcasing the best clubs and groups on offer in our local community as part of the @ActiveLeeds sports fair. Even Ronnie has made an appearance! https://t.co/blE9j0jDVY
5:33pm 03.10.2019

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We welcomed more students from to the gallery today for #BurberryInspire workshops. They explored the gallery and our garden and described their day as "fun", "inspirational" and "way too amazing!" Find out more about Burberry Inspire here - https://t.co/gSUVSEhUve https://t.co/MsUthavTxn
4:22pm 23.09.2019

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This week we have welcomed students from to the gallery. They have been taking part in creative workshops including printmaking and willow weaving as part of the #BurberryInspire project. https://t.co/u2DLtEZBjl
2:28pm 26.09.2019

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We will be working with and @LeedsEastWay throughout the year, running art classes, creative careers days and lots more. #BurberryInspire https://t.co/OSQdGzJEUT
2:29pm 26.09.2019