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Didcot Sixth Form Pivot Programme Sixth Form Enrichment

We take pride in the Enrichment Programme on offer at Didcot Sixth Form. Called the Pivot Programme, it contains a number of elements that will help build your character and confidence during your time at DSF.

Enrichment is the jewel in the crown at DSF. It helps support your journey towards post-A level destinations: university, apprenticeship, or work. Our suite of enrichment opportunities encourages our engaged, passionate students to build skills and explore interests in depth during the two dedicated ‘enrichment’ hours on a Wednesday afternoon. DSF’s diverse academic support programmes complement the extensive range of clubs and societies.

We aim to add to your tool kit of skills so that on leaving sixth form you feel able to make a real difference to the world and have a genuine desire to change the world for the better. The Pivot Programme focuses on servant leadership, critical thinking, creative problem solving, appreciating and understanding difference and... having fun!

The first six weeks of the programme focus on an advanced induction to independent learning and study skills, during which we aim to help our students develop skills that can be used in and beyond the classroom. This programme happily segues for some students into the Extended Project Qualification which is worth half an A-Level.

We view all members of the sixth form as leaders, treating them like the young adults they are, but a smaller group (elected by their peers alongside an interview) forms the Sixth Form Executive. This group works closely with the Sixth Form Leadership Team to help promote the activities of DSF.

The Pivot Programme comprises:

  • Visiting Speaker Series from inspiring individuals who have effected change. Over the past few years we have received visits from politicians (ex-Speaker of the Commons John Bercow), journalists (BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz) and facilitated sessions on careers, finance, wellbeing, first aid, and personal safety.
  • Student-led Societies & Clubs that include: Art & Media, Computing, Philosophy & Crochet, Geography, Interact, Maths, Medical Sciences, Politics, Psychology
  • Qualifications: Extended Project Qualification, Oracy Society leading to a DSF certificate, Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award
  • Opportunities for leadership roles within the sixth form
  • Focus on servant leadership, ethical approaches and cultural values across DSF
  • Explore creative problem solving, critical thinking and entrepreneurship through the Business Mentoring Programme and Careers Programme
  • Community - Activity - Service programme to strengthen your perseverance, confidence, and self-awareness
  • Exciting trips to contextualise learning and broaden horizons.

Art & Media Society seeks to explore the world of the Arts in all its forms.

Computer Science Society is designed to support students who are studying the subject and those who have a keen interest in all aspects of computing.

Crochet & Natter Philosophy Society tackles the big questions of society in a friendly and supportive way. Bring your knitting or crocheting along and enjoy the variety of beliefs and opinions on offer!

Extended Project Qualification – Mr Lawton guides students through the stages of proposing, researching, writing and presenting the EPQ.

During the course of Year 12, all students are offered the opportunity to undertake an EPQ. This involves students identifying a specific area of interest (related to future career or training ambitions, their present or future academic studies, or based on their personal interests). Projects could be academic, technical/vocational, community based (for instance charity work or sports coaching) or involve the expressive arts. By undertaking a project, students enhance their opportunities after sixth form by developing transferable study and research skills, as well as wider and deeper knowledge and understanding of a specific field.

We believe that all students benefit from starting a project, even if they decide not to continue with it to the full AS-Level qualification. Around 50 students each year take their project through to completion, supported by dedicated supervisors.

Students are taught a range of processes: how to develop a project; time-management; accurate note-taking; identifying relevant resources; critical thinking (including identifying flaws and bias in secondary evidence); data-handling; organising primary research; issues of ethical and safe practice; academic referencing systems; public speaking; presentation skills; essay writing; and finally project evaluation and self-reflection.

Geography Society looks at the challenges and opportunities facing our world as well as working on the content of the A-level course.

Interact Club is dedicated to raising money for charities and has a strong link with Rotary International.

Maths Society seeks to explore the lighter side of mathematics in all its beauty.

Medical Sciences Society brings together those students looking to enter the worlds of science and medicine.

Oracy Society, led by Mrs Thompson, focusses on public speaking following a termly programme that explores the spoken word and construction of argument.

Politics Society looks at the political landscape of our country and others, and seeks to challenge your mind.

Psychology Society explores our inner thoughts and how they manifest themselves in the 'real' world.

Visiting Speaker Programme brings to Didcot Sixth Form well-known speakers from our community and beyond.

Presenting on Wednesday 23 June will be Keith Hebden: a priest, author and political activist best known for his 40-day fast and national campaign against the rise of food poverty in the UK. He works for the Citizens UK developing leaders for public life across the UK and here in the Thames Valley region. Keith and his family moved to Didcot in 2019 for his wife Sophie's move from Leicester University to Climate Science co-ordination at the European Space Agency.

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Julian Parkin-Haig
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