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Tutor Groups & Vertical Tutoring

Why is this important and how does it link to our values?

OSCA has operated a vertical tutoring system very successfully for many years now to the great benefit of our students. Vertical tutoring offers our students the opportunity to interact on an equal footing with students of a different age within the classroom environment for one session per day, reflecting a typical family situation where students interact with brothers, sisters, cousins, etc.

Younger students benefit from the experiences of their older peers, being guided through significant events such as transition to secondary school, the pathways into key stage 4, exam preparation and work experience to name just a few examples.

Older students benefit from the responsibilities bestowed on them to support tutors in looking after the welfare and well-being of their younger counterparts and by being a ‘go to’ person for them if times of need or for general advice.

The delivery of the PSHE curriculum is also significantly enhanced with students of different ages and experiences being able to contribute to debate and consider views on a variety of key topics of others in a non-threatening environment.


How does it work? Key information/structure

Historically, each tutor group within the vertical tutoring system contained students from Year 7 to Year 11 and is allocated to one of 4 Houses (Dahl, Da Vinci, Picasso or Shakespeare) for their pastoral care.

This has recently been reviewed and we have made some changes to the structure to reflect the needs of all students in these rapidly changing times. For example, the National issue of the potential impact on key stage 4 students’ academic progress due to the Covid-19 virus and the introduction of the new SRE curriculum from September 2020.

So, with effect from September 2020, Years 7 to 9 will be included within the vertical tutoring system benefitting from all the advantages of that while Years 10 and 11 will be in year group specific tutor groups to ensure that their priority needs are also met. This enables us, for example, to support the older students with enhanced access to appropriate interventions in order to prepare them fully for their GCSEs


What do I need to do? How can I find out more?

For further information regarding the PSHE/SRE curriculum please contact
the PSHE coordinator on 01215525501 or email saranjit.kaur@ormistonsandwell.org.uk


For further information regarding the House system in general please see here or for details of any specific House/tutor group please contact the relevant Head of House:

Dahl: louise.blount@ormistonsandwell.org.uk

Da Vinci: paul.laird@ormistonsandwell.org.uk

Picasso: malcolm.lovatt@ormistonsandwell.org.uk

Shakespeare: matt.horton@ormistonsandwell.org.uk