Pastoral / Student Welfare
Tutors play a key role in building a trusting relationship with their tutees, and are often the students’ key ‘go to’ person. Key students have a personalised behaviour plan which are regularly reviewed. In addition, students with more prevalent Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties, receive targeted support through our in-house Protective Behaviours (PBs) practitioner.
Northease adopt vertical tutoring. This is where a tutor group consists of students of all ages, rather than by groups of the same age. This is an evidence-based approach, which supports the development of our students’ Social, Emotional and Mental Health:
- A ‘family atmosphere’ has been created. Students are happier and have more mature conversations with members of staff
- Behaviour has improved across the school, and teachers and pupils have commented on the calmer atmosphere at the start of the day
- Quieter and less confident pupils now have more friendships across different year groups
- Older students have developed their leadership skills when mentoring younger students
- Students are more likely to get involved in extracurricular activities at lunchtime and after school
- There are fewer instances of bullying
- Students entering Year 7 feel part of the school community
- Attendance has improved across most year groups
- The culture of learning across all year groups has improved.