During January 2010-11, aspects of the Assertive Mentoring methodology were introduced throughout the school. Assertive Mentoring is a highly systematic approach to teaching and learning that incorporates:
- Regular, on-going teacher assessment of pupils' understanding in reading, writing and mathematics.
- Carefully planned lessons taught to address pupils' areas of weakness.
- A dedicated focus on basic literacy skills teaching.
- Careful and constructive marking of pupils' work and feedback for improvement.
- Well directed intervention to provide pupils with the support they need to address areas of weakness, when required.
- A systematic focus on the learning of multiplication tables and key words (reading and spelling).
Assertive Mentoring also focuses on children's personal and social development. Six times annually every child is assessed by their teacher in seven strands:
Punctuality Effort Attitude Behaviour (in class)
Behaviour (outside of class) Homework Uniform (including PE kit)
Assessments are made against agreed criteria and discussed with the children. Pupils are then given a gold, green, amber or red grade for each of the strands. The meaning of the coloured assessment is clearly set out within the criteria for each strand published at the time of issue. These assessments are discussed with each child and parents are informed four times annually of the outcomes of this assessment.
This information, together with each child's awards, is kept in their personal Assertive Mentoring folders. Parents have an opportunity to view these during the open afternoon/evenings held, during mentoring meetings or after any report is issued.