English and Maths leads have therefore worked together to ensure better outcomes for all students in the following ways:
- Using tutor time. Two teachers from each department work with ‘crossover’ children in small groups, four days a week, from Easter;
- SEN and PP pupils are tutored individually in form time by English and Maths specialist HLTAs. Intervention is time-sensitive, and bespoke to the needs of the pupils, with specific targets in place;
- In Maths pupils complete seven mock exams during Year 10 and 11 to ensure that children are fully prepared for the examination experience. English do likewise;
- Both subject leaders are acutely aware of the need for balance in the education experience of their pupils. They do not withdraw children from other subject areas as a point of principle. However, most departments are conscious that English and Maths have ‘first dibs’ on holiday intervention.
- Interventions in English during the holiday ran for pupils that did not achieve their target grades in the mocks. They sit an extra paper after receiving a workshop on the aspects with which they struggle.