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Supporting Success Presentation Notes

Notes from the Presentation shown at this year’s Year 11 Supporting Success Evening on Tuesday 22 October 2019 are available to download in PDF format here.


5 Revision Strategies


Exam dates for the 2019/20 academic year can be found on the Exams page.

In order to ensure all students are fully supported to be successful in their GCSE year, teachers and leaders at the academy have created a package of support for students. These packages have been designed with several key considerations:

  • It is only one aspect of GCSE support – without exception how a student applies themselves to learning in lessons; homework and their independent revision, is by far the biggest influencing factor in terms of success.
  • It is based on experience and what we know is effective in terms of supporting students’ success.
  • It is a personalised package that will look different for every student depending upon their different needs. If a student has been invited to something then trust that we have invited that student because we believe it will make a difference. Similarly, if a student has not been invited don’t panic – it’s because we believe it is not necessary and other activities might be better for them.


Student personalised support package

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How does it work?

Throughout your time at the academy you have been regularly assessed to check on your progress. This process of assessment provides teachers and leaders with key information about your learning. It tells us the things you are doing well at and the things you may need support in. We use this assessment information to then plan out any different support we can put in place to help you address your gaps in learning. Most of this support will come in lesson time, via homework and independent revision, but where we feel this might not be enough to support your progress we will look to provide you with some additional support. This could look like lots of different things and will very much depend on the individual.


What do we need from the student to make this work?

Experience and evidence based research has shown us that a student’s mind set, attitude to learning and revision and the effort they put into their work is the biggest factor in securing success. With that in mind our expectation is that you:

  • Work hard and do not give up when presented with a challenge – Your GCSE’s are difficult – you will find things hard – it is the way you approach these difficulties that will make the difference to your end result.
  • Focus on the process and not the outcome – learn how to do something well by learning from your mistakes – and part of this process is making mistakes and learning from them. A student who has achieved 50% in a test but has taken the steps to learn from the errors will be in a much better place in their final exams than a student who gained 70% and chose to sit back and take it easy!
  • Work in partnership with the teachers – you must remember that many of your teachers are working on a voluntary basis to support your learning outside of the classroom. It is important that you appreciate this – they do not have to give up their break time or lunch time to support you – but many do, because your success is important to them. Forging and maintaining effective working relationships with your teachers is key to your success.
  • Finally, do it for you – your teachers, parents and carers will always be proud of you when you work hard and achieve your best but that shouldn’t be the motivating factor. You should be proud of yourself and work hard for yourself after all you will be the ones to reap the benefits!


Supporting Success

The additional interventions that may form part of a personalised package of support.

Support activity What is it? Who are they for? How and why is it helpful?

Subject form groups

(These take place during Period 1 8.30-8.55)

These are form groups that will allow students to access more curriculum learning time. Form groups are reviewed throughout the year Across a week, 4 form times equates to an additional 80 minutes of learning time in an area you need support in.
All students in Y10 & Y11
Tutor pods Tutor pods allow students to book a 20 minute appointment with a teacher to specifically learn a skill or area of the curriculum that is causing you concern. The responsibility is placed on the student to make the appointment but the teacher may direct this for some students where necessary. If relevant a small group of students could make an appointment together. An overview of Tutorpod sessions for specific evenings and subject areas can be found on our ExtraCurricular activities page. This is in essence an opportunity for one to one tuition based on a student’s revision and learning needs. These are available to all students and some students will be directed to attend.
Targeted Gap Interventions These are sessions planned by departments to target specific gaps in knowledge or skills based on the feedback from PPEs. The relevant students are then invited to these sessions to help them close the gaps in their learning. When gap interventions are running a timetable is issued to students. Students are informed of the relevant sessions they should attend. Targeted students only
Revisions guides These are selected by teachers based on the exam board and the quality of the guide. Students will have lots of opportunities to buy these from the academy. These are available to all students
Walking talking mocks and walking talking marks

These are designed to talk you through an exam so you can understand how to approach each question in the best way. You will hear your teachers thinking out loud as they talk you through the answers.

You will then repeat the exam so you can have the opportunity to replicate the same thinking process.

Targeted students only
Period Zero We recognise that some of our students come into the academy early and would welcome the opportunity to revise before the school day begins. These are open to all students
Targeted assemblies and workshops that help you to understand how to learn effectively and how to revise We will ensure that all students are fully supported to understand the best ways to revise – this will link to neuroscience and how the brain best retains information. Targeted students across the academic year
Easter school This provides students with an opportunity to undertake targeted revision during the Easter break Targeted students only
June half term school This provides students with an opportunity to undertake targeted revision during half term break – by this point exams will have already started. Open to all students but groups will be created to target key areas for development
Master classes Just before and during exams we will create a new timetable that gives students master class revision time before each exam. Factored into this is additionally the time to complete any independent revision. Open to all students but groups will be created to target key areas for development
Study Hall

Study hall provides pupils with an opportunity to develop good study habits ahead of their GCSEs and utilise the time after school to revise in an appropriate environment. Students are requested at study hall and are provided a revision pack of materials and invited to bring their own revision guides and books to revise from. Students then sit in silence for an hour and 30 minutes and carry out revision independently under the supervision of a senior leader. Refreshments are provided at the beginning of the session.

In 2019/20 Study hall will be used to support a targeted group of students in the lead-up to their final GCSE exams.

Targeted students only
Exam anxiety one to one support We understand some students will suffer from anxiety during the exam season and before. Work with Mrs Gaskell in advance of exams will help them to understand ways in which they can control these feelings better. Targeted students only
Passport to the prom In order to receive an invitation to the prom students have to meet certain expectations. These are straightforward and are personalised for each year group. This year the criteria was based around:

  • Behaviour – no exclusions
  • Attendance – this includes attendance at targeted strategies of support such as study hall; master classes and period 6 sessions
  • Effort
All students
Additional support in PE lessons In certain circumstances where we are concerned that students may not achieve their Maths and English grades we will use PE curriculum time to support learning in these areas. Targeted students only


Supporting Success Parent evenings

Key stage 4 information evening This is an evening where we share the information about key dates and the success package on offer over the year.

Parents only (students get the information in assemblies & lessons)


Supporting success evenings

These are a series of evenings with different foci that allow us to work alongside your parents to help them understand the challenges you face and how we can best support you.

We want to engage with parents on a regular basis throughout the year at different targeted events.

Event evenings are targeted students.
Parents Evening The parents evenings are scheduled after the PPE’s, so that you can review your performance with your class teacher and parents Parent’s evenings are students and parents meeting class teachers.

Year 11 Additional Support Calendar

Each term the support and interventions calendar is updated and shared with Year 11 pupils. This details the focus for that term, the range of support provided and a weekly timetable detailing the support available each evening.


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