During lockdown our pupils were fortunate to have consistent schooling available to them however, pupils absorb and retain information only when the learning conditions are absolutely right. The stresses and strains of home-schooling, fear of the unknown, and lack of social interaction provided a far from ideal learning environment, meaning that some pupils may not have made the progress that they otherwise would have.
To ensure that every child has a full and fair opportunity to access every part of our curriculum, and is supported in achieving their very best we have introduced new ‘Post-teach’ sessions for every year group from September 2020.
So what is post-teach?
Fundamentally, this enables us to fill gaps in knowledge and understanding for our pupils. Each day, as lessons are taught, pupils and staff will identify when concepts are not grasped, or when fundamental building blocks for understanding are missing. At this point, either the teacher, or the pupil themselves, can nominate them for a post-teach session.
Those nominated attend a separate session, later that day, where a teacher will work with a very small group to revisit that learning and re-teach the content. The post-teach session is just 20 minutes long, so there is a minimal impact on other lessons, but that is long enough to make a powerful impact on progress and understanding.
This provides a boost to any pupil who is struggling, giving them the chance to revisit and consolidate an aspect of learning they are uncertain of. They can then move on with confidence and security.