Why do we tutor vertically?
A group of staff and students spent two years researching support systems in other schools – we have found that the benefits of small sized mixed age groups for tutorial sessions outweigh any concerns. Schools using the vertical system report better attendance, better results, improved relationships and fewer incidents of bullying. We have been vertically tutoring since 2010 and have also seen improvements in attendance and academic indicators in this time. Students and staff report they prefer the vertical system and year 7 in particular felt it helped them settle into the school more quickly.
When do the vertical tutor groups meet?
They meet once a day for 20 minutes, effectively replacing the traditional registration period with the tutor.
Will students be taught in vertical groups?
There are no plans to teach students in vertical groups at the moment
How many students will there be in each group?
17 - 20
Will all year groups be represented in each tutor group?
Vertical tutor groups are made up of 2-4 students from each year group. The Sixth Form tutor separately but regularly lead activities and support vertical groups as part of the OUTSET volunteering programme.
How many houses are there?
There are 6 houses with approximately 14 tutor groups in each house.
Who leads the house?
Each House is be led by a Head of House. Students are encouraged to take a leadership role within their House and most houses have 50+ Student Leaders who run tutor sessions and support younger students. Every tutor group has at least one student House Leader within them and the House Leadership programme is open to all students who are positive role models for their peers.
Who are the tutors?
Any member of TRS staff may be a tutor.
Will my children be in the same house?
We would plan to put students in the same family in the same house to make communications with home easier.
Will my children be in the same tutor group?
Not unless there is a special request so this will be looked at on a case by case basis.
Who should I contact if there is a problem in school?
If it is subject related then the class teacher is the point of contact – more general queries can be directed to the tutor in the first instance and the Head of House thereafter.
How will the tutor support my son/daughter?
The tutor will have daily contact with the students so will be able to monitor academic progress and wellbeing. The tutor will have a mentoring role and will follow our assertive mentoring programme that has proved so successful in raising attainment.
How will the school support students in year-specific events such as Year 9 options?
There will be capacity for both House and Year assemblies so that specific cohorts of students can be given appropriate guidance at relevant stages. Members of the student support team will have particular responsibility for providing information, advice and guidance at key points in a student’s career.
Will students be with their friends in their new tutor groups?
Team building and friendship making activities will be a key feature of tutor sessions in September so all new students fit in quickly. A key feature of our tutor groups is their warmth, closeness and loyalty and Year 7 students tell us they soon feel they fit in, even if they are not with friends initially.
Where will the tutor base be?
Tutor bases will be grouped as houses in the school. This will allow flexibility and creativity in tutor time.
Who do I contact with any further questions?