What is Vertical Tutoring?
The role of the tutor is essential. Tutors look after the pastoral and academic development of each child in their tutor group.
Ashcroft operates a vertical tutoring model; each tutor group is made up of students from years 7 to 11. This model best replicates the structure of a family of siblings.
Older students in the tutor group act as buddies, mentors and academic tutors to younger students in the tutor group. Each student has a named buddy.
The tutor group reviews its attendance, academic progress and behaviour together. Any students who are falling below the expected standards are challenged and supported by the others in the tutor group.
Older students are given opportunities to develop their leadership skills; they act as English and Maths tutors to younger students who are struggling in their subjects; they plan and present aspects of the PSHCE lessons during tutor time; they organise and rehearse tutor group assemblies.
Ashcroft’s vertical tutoring model is a powerful strategy for supporting the academic and personal development of our students.