Why did Dartford Primary Academy become a PiXL School?
Dartford Primary Academy voluntarily joined PiXL in September 2015. We made the decision to join in order to improve the life chances of the children in our school.
What is PiXL?
PiXL standards for Partners in Excellence.
‘PiXL is an organisation driven by a deep moral purpose to support the promotion of excellence for the children. They aim to do this by working with schools to improve educational achievement and to always do its utmost for students, whatever their ability to bring them a better future and a brighter hope. PiXL is concerned with offering opportunity for all students to make progress in life on the basis of achieving good results and, through the Edge, by developing key life attributes.’
The Primary Edge is an award scheme to develop life skills. Dartford Primary Academy will become a PiXL Primary Edge school in September 2017 to develop the key life attributes of: Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative, and Communication (LORIC). This will be implemented across the whole school.
What are the benefits of being a PiXL school?
PiXL have been a source of inspiration for us at Dartford Primary Academy. It has been a provider of practical resources to support and enhance teaching and learning for us across KS2 and soon to be KS1 as well. Experienced practitioners in English and Maths, who work for the PiXL club, have developed a tried and tested bank of ideas and initiatives-essential for any teachers planning and assessment tool kit- that we have been able to implement successfully. As a consequence, our results and KS2 outcomes have increased significantly this academic year. However, what is more important is that our children are now better prepared for secondary school than they were before-which is opening pathways of opportunity for their futures.
Pupils are given many high quality opportunities to develop their curiosity and creativity. They are encouraged to use their imagination, for example when thinking of ways to praise a friend, and are taught to respect the feelings and viewpoints of others.
Pupils are engaged and motivated by the way teachers present and teach the well-planned curriculum. This not only ensures that good learning takes place but makes a strong contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Teaching assistants make a strong contribution to the good learning taking place, especially when pupils with special educational needs are taught in small groups outside the classroom. They work in very close partnership with teachers and bring an additional range of helpful skills and experiences into the classrooms.