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South Dartmoor
Community College

Teaching & Learning

The core guiding principle that lies at the heart of everything we do at South Dartmoor Community College is to encourage and develop capacity to learn among all members of our community.

We believe in empowering students to take control of their own learning and their own lives so they know how to make good choices and also have the ability to thrive in a fast moving, ever changing world.

"We must remember that we are preparing our children not simply for employment… and for the contribution they can make to the common good… but for the difficult decisions they will have to make in their personal lives, in those moments when they have to take responsibility for themselves…"

Michael Morpurgo

We must nurture and encourage students to develop their capacity to learn, both independently and in collaboration with others. It is our role as educators to:

  • Help students develop effective learning habits which will give them the tools, confidence and flexibility to cope in many different and difficult situations.
  • Nurture students’ emotional intelligence – in other words, their ability to function effectively in social situations because they not only know and understand how to manage themselves, but are also sensitive to the needs of others.

In order to achieve these goals, we have developed key approaches to learning that are used consistently and creatively across our community which we refer to as ‘Building Learning Power’

An insight into what we mean by Building Learning Power and the learning approaches that underpin it can be found in our 'Learning Together for Life' vision booklet.  These approaches are helping us to maximise every students’ achievements, through our belief that everyone needs to take Personal Responsibility for their contributions to improve learning, supported and encouraged by parents and carers, staff and Governors.

By creating a learning environment that has high expectations of everyone we can provide the stepping stones that bring dreams closer to reality.

This vision is for all of us as we learn together.