At John Henry Newman Catholic College there is a whole school focus on teaching and learning and a drive to raise levels of attainment across all areas of the curriculum.
A key part of this process is individual dialogue between teachers and students. This occurs at many levels across the school:
- with subject teachers during curriculum time
- with Heads of Department
- with Heads of Year
- with Student Services Co-ordinators
- with parents / carers
- with Personal Tutors
One of our key strategies to ensure that this occurs regularly and for every student is through the Personal Tutor system.
All students are allocated a Personal Tutor who takes a professional interest in, and shows concern for, his/her students’ academic and pastoral well-being throughout the whole of their secondary school career. Every teacher in their role as a Personal Tutor will have responsibility to make sure that students are able to:
Key Stage 3
- Make choices in Year 9
- Reflect on their strengths
- Plan targets
Key Stage 4
- Assess qualities, skills and achievements so they can set personal goals
- Manage praise and criticism in a positive way and learn from their experience
- Negotiate and plan Post 16 choices
Students are encouraged to compile a folder of evidence for their Personal Development Portfolio.
Personal tutors will:
- Work with students to set targets following the publication of assessment data.
- Distribute and discuss reports during consultation days.
- Offer individual counselling and advice to students as necessary, liaising with other staff and with parents / carers where appropriate.