Tutor groups consist of students from 1 year group; students have a 15 minute session every day with their tutor. Each tutor is named after a country and together, all tutors form 5 continents; Africa, Asia, Americas, Australasia and Europe. Once a week there is an assembly, which are attended by all continents.
Students are assigned to tutors randomly, however, they will be mixed with students who they have been to primary school with. We do not match students with their friends as this does not support the ethos of everyone working together to buddy up in tutors. It also becomes tricky to meet everyone’s needs and therefore a random approach is taken. In tutors students will be supported by older students who have had similar experiences and can be a mentor to help and support them.
• That the time has structure and purpose for the students.
• It allows the tutors to concentrate on key groups of students at certain times of the year (e.g.: when students are taking options) ;
• It allows learning conversations to take place, both between tutor and student and student to student;
• Ease transitions i.e. Year 6-7, Year 9 Options.
• It gives students more individual attention at key times of the year;
• It creates a family atmosphere in the mentor room;
• It allows students to remain with the same mentor/tutor throughout their school career;
• It improves communication between mentors/tutors and parents as mentors will have smaller numbers in their mentor group;
• Tutor teams will have a wide experience of the needs of a child in each year group – hence a more holistic approach is achieved.