Teaching and Assessment

Teaching and Assessment

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At Ealing Independent College we aim to ensure that each and every student is motivated and supported throughout their whole education with us through a rigorous focus on providing a high quality education set in a supportive and encouraging environment. Please click on the applicable link below to learn more:

Teachers

At Ealing Independent College, we have a team of experienced tutors capable of motivating our students to reach their full academic potential. All tutors are specialists in their disciplines and many are examiners; all the teachers are committed to giving their students the understanding, expertise and confidence to perform well in their examinations.

Tutors are chosen for their ability to communicate, academic qualifications and not least their impressive record of helping students to achieve good examination grades through excellent interpersonal relationships. In recent years, overall results for students within the College have progressively improved – a testament to the high calibre of teaching staff we employ.

The College boasts strong and outstanding teaching across all departments. Click here to learn more about our senior staff and to view full staff list.  

Teaching

All courses are taught in small groups where the students can receive any individual help they may need whilst benefitting from the stimulation of group discussion. Tutors base their courses on a combination of lectures, practical classes, problem solving sessions and regular tests. Students are encouraged to think for themselves and develop a more analytical approach to their subjects. Tutors emphasise the importance of understanding concepts before explaining how these can be applied to examination questions. Questions from past examination papers are used throughout all our courses to familiarise students with examination techniques and the requirements of the examiner by paying close attention to the examiner’s mark schemes. These questions are marked, corrected and then discussed in length, enabling students to achieve the best possible grades in the public examinations. All science practical work is carried out on the college premises in our fully equipped laboratories. Experimental work familiarises each student with the application of concepts being learned, develops skills in the correct use of apparatus and is essential in preparing for A-level and GCSE examinations.

Assessment

A good performance in an A-Level or GCSE examination depends upon many factors. There is however no substitute for thorough preparation and hard work. The close monitoring of academic progress is an essential element in that preparation. Students should always be aware of any disparity between their measured and expected performance. For this reason, students frequently meet with the Principal and Senior Staff (personal tutors) responsible for their academic progress, to discuss their work-rate, test marks and examination prospects. In the case of GCSE students, the Head of GCSE writes fortnightly reports which are sent to the parents by email. We aim to keep our students (and their parents) informed and up to date with our assessment of their progress.

The Parent Portal enable teachers and senior staff to keep in touch with parents on each student’s performance. Written reports are sent to parents (or guardians) every term and there are parents/tutors evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms.

Homework and Tests

Regular homework and frequent testing is an important feature of all our courses. Our aim is to ensure that students always have sufficient work to do and their minds are firmly focused upon their examinations. All homework is marked thoroughly and returned promptly. All students are tested every two weeks in each subject.

During free periods, students are encouraged to remain on the college premises and work in our study-room. At these times, teachers with free periods are often available on a one-to-one basis for consultation over work or points not fully understood. The study-room is supervised by a member of staff at all times.

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