The vertical system here at The Edron is formed by 24 groups:
W1, W2, W3, W4, W5, W6, W7, W8
B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8
S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8
Each group will meet for 15 minutes in the morning and during tutor periods on Thursdays.
All lessons will be taught in year groups as usual for 7-9.
Camps will also still be in year groups.
We have a mentoring program whereby years 10, 11, 12 and 13 (who are interested) in each group can mentor the year 7-9 students. This may involve helping them out with homework, having an informal conversation on how things are going, completing reflections and target activities together, shared reading time, etc. The idea is to give students ownership and a sense of belonging within the system.
For Tutors, this will allow more time for administration and will allow tutors to sit one to one with students in their group during tutor time to reflect on how things are going and produce targets and action plans collaboratively with the students in their group.
Tutors will be able to encourage mentoring, develop leadership, support learning and liaise with parents. They facilitate learning conversations. They have a fairly free hand but all follow the academic calendar and House activities.
Based on our research, students in vertical schools believe that their school ethos has improved and victims of bullying tell us that the system is better in part because of multi-age friendships...bullying never goes away but the potential for a more humane / family type of relationship is enhanced.
Vertical tutoring allows for more House-led assemblies (however, whole-school assemblies in year groups will still take place).
All in all, vertical tutoring encourages students to step out of their comfort zone within their own year group and friendship groups and exceed their limits by having a mixed age- range of friends.