The Responsive Classroom
As all students develop and progress at different rates, the aim at The Adeyfield Academy is to make sure that all learners receive the right education for them. We take care to assess the needs of learners as they join us in Year 7, and we continue to monitor their progress throughout their time with us.
Below are just a few ways that The Adeyfield Academy supports all students.
Teachers are enthusiastic and passionate about their subjects and their skill. They spend time planning engaging lessons to ensure that a love of learning in passed on to students. Home Learning is set to help students develop the skills to work independently and to build, practice and extend skills learnt in school. At The Adeyfield Academy, we pride ourselves on providing a responsive classroom for all our learners. Teaching and education support staff work together to provide the very best provision to cater for the needs of all learners.
Teaching and Learning
Excellent Teaching and Learning is the heart of everything we aim for at The Adeyfield Academy. We have a strong ethos, combined with our school values, of excellent learning and personal development, where students grow personally and academically to be the best that they can be.
We support our young people through an innovative curriculum, encompassing both academic and vocational opportunities. We have a strong emphasis on PSHCE through tutor time and dedicated class time to ensure that we are preparing students for life in modern Britain. Together we provide a responsive and 21st Century ready experience for the young people we work with.
As a school, we also ensure that staff are afford the best opportunities to develop their practice and understanding of our profession. We believe in collaboration and sharing excellent practice across our school, local partners and the ATLAS trust.
Staff share their experiences weekly within their dedicated Teaching and Learning Communities (TLCs) and 'Pineapple' visit each other to share best practice and new ideas for their classroom. As the world of work changes so quickly and we are preparing students for the rapidly changing world, so teachers must also reflect on and continually improve their practice. Alongside these opportunities, we offer a robust framework of CPD throughout the academic year. We run a coaching course for our staff, accredited by the Institute of Education to develop our staff as leaders in their field. We also run a two day Teaching and Learning Conference in February that gives access to bespoke training and updates on pedagogical teaching and research; as well as inspirational speakers like Mark Burns and Tom Sherrington.
Students are afforded challenge in their lessons to achieve the best they can and maximise their potential. As part of our Teaching and Learning Communities, staff are kept up to date with pedagogical research and practices that insist on high expectations to be able to stretch and challenge students. Faculty areas have specific challenge activities identified that are relatable to the subjects for every year group. At The Adeyfield Academy we use methods such as Stretch and Challenge boards, Secret Mission cards, Answer Challenge and Build questioning as well as tailor made differentiation for identified students to ensure that rapid progress is made and teaching time is used to the full.
The Department for Education (DfE) provides all secondary schools with a Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium of £500 per student to support Year 7 students who did not achieve the Key Stage 2 standard of a scaled score of 100 or more in English and Maths. The national average this year was a scaled score of 103.
In 2018-19 The Adeyfield Academy was allocated £19,000 to support these eligible students. The funding was allocated based on research findings including the Sutton Trust Teaching and Learning toolkit (Spring 2018) and Literacy and Numeracy Catch up Strategies (DfE 2018).
For further details please see our statement for Catch-up funding.
A significant proportion of the funding has been utilised in our Rapid Progress provision. Small groups of identified students work closely with specialist teachers to further their English and Maths as part of the Rapid Progress curriculum. This provision extends throughout Key Stage 3 to ensure that students are given the best possible grounding for their GCSEs and are supported to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Specialised Small Group Support
We offer small group support to those learners who may need help developing their language or social and emotional skills. Specific and dedicated staff offer provision based on identified need for a period of 5-8 weeks in a safe and secure environment to develop students' confidence and resilience.