New system for school

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 May 2012


CHANGE is afoot at Worle Community School, with a mixed-age tutor group system set to be introduced this year for students in years 8 to 11.

Worle Community School will have a house set-up from September with youngsters from years eight to 11 in the same tutor groups.

The system, called vertical tutoring, will be first experienced by youngsters in the current year seven during a taster session in the summer term.

Each house will have about 15 mentor groups with six students from each year forming a house tutor group.

Year 11s will mentor year nines and year 10s will do the same for year eights.

Tony Sammon, senior assistant headteacher at the Redwing Drive site, says tutor groups will have fewer students and it will give older ones the chance to mentor younger ones and help them through experiences they have already had. He added: “Tutor group numbers will be lower so that students can be academically mentored better and more frequently.

“They can develop a sense of identity and community through friendly competition between houses.

“It will also give older students a sense of responsibility and community.

“If you do things for others it engenders a sense of personal responsibility and boosts self- esteem.

“A number of schools nationally and locally have gone down this route and it has proven to boost results, develop a calmer, family-orientated attitude and transform the school.”

At the end of each academic year there will be a prize for the house that gets the best results for attendance and other targets.

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