Teaching and learning
The Impington Experience framework
The Impington Experience framework was created by our leadership forum to outline what great teaching looks like at the College. The leadership forum spent a number of weeks engaging with educational research to determine the eight aspects which shape students’ experience of lessons at Impington Village College. These eight aspects are:
- Culture – classroom relationships, British Values, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education.
- Pedagogical and subject knowledge – clarifying challenging conceptual knowledge; making meaningful links between the current task, the curriculum intent, and students’ own lives; supporting and challenging all students to achieve their best.
- Review of previous learning – to ensure retention in long-term memory and fluent recall.
- Scaffolding – breaking challenging concepts into small steps; ensuring sufficient practice of each step; gradually increasing the complexity of tasks; providing prompts, visual reminders or cue cards; anticipating common errors or areas of difficulty.
- Modelling – providing worked examples; demonstrating the thought process by thinking aloud; demonstrating high expectations through physical procedures.
- Questioning – effectively checking the understanding of all students through differentiated questioning; ensuring misconceptions are identified and addressed; helping students practise new information and connect new material to their previous learning.
- Assessment and feedback – used to plan next-steps on a whole-class and individual level, providing feedback to help students make long-term curriculum gains, supporting students to respond meaningfully to feedback, providing additional challenge.
- Independent and guided practice - providing opportunities for extensive practice, mastery, and application of the skill in a range of contexts, supporting students to achieve a high success rate.
See what The Impington Experience looks like here.
International Baccalaureate learner profile
The IB learner profile describes a broad range of human attributes that go beyond academic success. We embrace these attributes throughout all of our teaching at the College; inspiring our students and encouraging them to ask questions, take risks within their learning and become independent learners and internationally-minded individuals. Through the IB’s ethos, we encourage our students to be responsible in their learning and aware and considerate of the ever-changing world around them.