Vertical Tutor Groups
“All students are highly valued as individuals. The pastoral care provided for them is a strength of the school, and has some outstanding features.” - Ofsted
Vertical tutoring is a system of organising students into tutor groups that places their academic and pastoral care at the heart of everything we do at Royds Hall Community School. Students are in tutor groups of no more than eighteen, each tutor group has a mixture of students from each year group, three or four from each year.
It allows the form tutor to know every student well, allows us to mentor and monitor the development of potential in each student. It promotes equal opportunities for all students, greater parent partnership, enhanced student voice and student leadership, and encourages good citizenship
How it works at Royds Hall
- We have 45 tutor groups, led by five non-teaching Heads of Community, responsible for the pastoral care of all students in their community.
- Heads of Community have a responsibility for specific aspects of student development – transition at all stages, post 16 progression etc.
- Students have the opportunity to take on responsibilities to support other students, including training as peer mentors and to support reading in younger students.
- Opportunities to work with the form tutor in small groups focused on specific issues such as work experience, SATs preparation, revision techniques, target setting and progress.
“Vertical tutoring allows you to make more friends in different years, and it makes the younger students feel safer in school. Plus, the smaller tutor groups mean there is more time for everyone.” - Year 10 student
- Allows students and tutors to focus on the following:
- Develop confidence and self esteem
- Encourage a sense of belonging
- Leadership and mentoring opportunities
- Support learning
- Home/school engagement
- Release individual and organisational potential
- Allow students to feel valued
So what happens in Tutor Time?
- Conversations about learning
- Strategies are planned so older students support younger students (share experiences)
- Older students trained in counselling and mentoring (reading schemes)
- Student voice
- Community activities
- Community quizzes and competition
- Data and monitoring of progress
- Focus on specific objectives for individuals (year group priorities)
A key aspect of the Vertical Tutoring system is the Academic Tutorial.
- This an in depth meeting between form tutor, student and parents. The meeting lasts at least 30 mins, and will be focused on achievement and target setting for the next academic period.
- Each student has one academic tutorial per year which will follow the issuing of the students report for parents.