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Secondary Support Staff - Raising Attainment

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Summary

This programme follows the work of support staff and teachers dedicated to raising attainment at David Lister School in Hull.

Former head of year John Munson was appointed as strand co-ordinator for attainment during a radical shake-up of the school's management system. His task now is to make sure every one of the 1,300 pupils reaches their personal targets.

To do this, the school utilises an extensive database which tracks the progress of each child in every lesson. If any pupil starts to fall below their targets, John can identify them straight away and put in place an action plan. He does this with the help of colleagues who are subject teachers, learning mentors and teaching assistants.

Together they offer a range of options including:

  • Booster classes
  • Revision sessions
  • One-on-one tuition
  • Alternatives to regular exams

The initiatives have proved to be a great success, resulting in an increase in GCSE A to C grades from 24 per cent to 50 per cent in 2005.

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