A Learning Guide’s role is central in both caring for students and monitoring their progress both academically and socially, encouraging involvement, commitment, and high standards of work.
The Learning Guide will:
- Meet with your child every day between 8.30am and 8.55am.
- Encourage high standards of work, behaviour and dress in students
- Look to reward achievements positively and implement, where necessary, appropriate sanctions with liaising with the pastoral department
- Teach PSHE for one period a week and participate in its development, evaluation and production of resources. This takes place at the academy at 3.15pm – 4.00pm on a Monday afternoon
- Be aware of friendship patterns, family structures, leisure interests, contents of student records, social development, problems at home/school and relationships with other students and staff
- Monitor and review their students’ current progress across the curriculum using all the data provided by teaching staff at the academy
- Follow through concerns and issues about learning and effort when necessary with subject areas and parents, in consultation with our teaching staff
- Be aware of social and personal factors relevant to the student within and outside of school
- Keep parents fully involved regarding students’ progress, including curriculum related or behavioural concerns
- Act as a primary ‘point of contact’ for parents and guardians when getting in to contact with the academy.
In KS4 our Learning Guide curriculum is used to teach the PSHE national curriculum and to embed our six personal development attributes, helping students to become kind, resilient, confident, curious, ambitious and informed.
Students study four key units of work over the year. Unit 1 is titled ‘Beating the National Competition’ and is an introduction to KS4 and GCSE’s, helping students to develop effective learning habits and behaviours that will lead to academic success. Unit 2 is ‘the world of work’. This unit aims to get students to start to think about potential post 16, post 18 and career pathways. As part of this unit of work, students take part in a CV writing workshop, complete interview practice and all have a formal mock interview with feedback given. Unit 3 is ‘Responsive active citizens’ and this covers citizenship, politics, misinformation, and radicalisation. As part of this unit of work, students can complete an ‘Active citizenship project’. Finally, Unit 4 is ‘Healthy citizens’ and this covers PSHE content such as drug and alcohol abuse, body image, healthy lifestyles and sex and relationship education.
In addition to these four main units of work, we have weeks dedicated to specific calendared events throughout the year such as Remembrance, Holocaust Memorial Day, Black History Month, Pride Month and Anti racism week as we believe these are vital to help our students become kind and informed.
We organise a range of extra curricular experiences to KS4 students to supplement what students learn in Learning Guide. This includes a ‘Careers Evening’, a ‘ready to work drop down day’ and a trip to Anglia Ruskin University.