Farlingaye High School
Farlingaye High School in Woodbridge, Suffolk wanted to offer catch-up tuition to pupils, particularly in English, Maths and Science – and found online sessions very popular.
We heard from Assistant Headteacher Josh Lampard, who shared his experience of using the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) to provide online tutoring for pupils via MyTutor.
Farlingaye High School wanted to address the deficit in learning post-pandemic and target their Year 10 and 11 pupils who were approaching their summer exams. Providing targeted, effective catch-up support to pupils at GCSE level was a challenge but thankfully, MyTutor were here to help.
By focusing on providing targeted support by subject and year group, Farlingaye High School were able to build a programme that reached those who needed it most.
“At a strategic level, we selected which subjects and year groups we wanted to focus on. For this academic year, we chose to provide tuition for our Year 10 and 11 students, with the aim of supporting them in preparing for their summer exams. We then outlined the selection requirement and sent these details to the subject teams.”
This was then supported by staff to ensure the programme ran smoothly:
“We appointed a member of the Senior Leadership Team to oversee all aspects of the school’s involvement in tuition. Alongside this, we assigned subject leads (in our case, English, Maths, Science) to monitor and maintain pupil attendance at tuition sessions, through reminders and having conversations with those taking part.”
Overall the effects have been positive:
“Students have made big steps. Those who attended ten or more sessions have gone up a full grade.”
This is a fantastic result and will have made lasting impact on learners' confidence. Some Farlingaye High School pupils had this to say about the tutoring programme:
“I love the sessions; they have really helped me to do better in school.”
“My teachers and form tutor always ask me about it and that really helps me stay on track, showing they care and want me to do well.”
The school had a positive experience of working with MyTutor, telling us:
“We saw good progress - not only in the subjects students were being tutored in, but in others as well because students were feeling more confident. It’s absolutely fantastic and much needed.”
We love to hear the positive impact that tutoring has!
A top tip from Farlingaye High School to you
“Encourage parents to get involved as much as possible. I do this by sending ePostcards home, which include key information to parents and carers prior to their child starting tuition, to encourage parents to talk with their children about school. The difference in student engagement when parents and carers have been involved and engaged has been huge.”
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