Severn View Academy is a primary school in Gloucester. The school, based in Stroud has a high percentage of Free School Meal pupils and has a large proportion of pupils on pupil premium sitting at 83 per cent.
Lockdown, like any other school in the country, has massively impacted us. During the first lockdown our school found it difficult to adjust to the new changes rolled out as we saw the effects of the pandemic take hold. We struggled to adapt and this led to us finding many gaps in our pupils’ learning.
However, during this latest lockdown and the move to remote learning we have improved greatly. We have improved our virtual learning for pupils and really ramped up engagement. We are now seeing massively improved levels of engagement amongst our pupils with 83 – 90 per cent attendance.
Accessing the NTP
Before the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) came along we had never been able to access any kind of tutoring. The main barrier has always been the cost of high-quality tutoring. As a school we haven’t been able to fund it.
Following the first lockdown we felt like the NTP was a really great opportunity to offer our pupils extra support that not only compliments the teachers work and efforts in the classroom, but also provides vital support to bridge the gaps in learning that came from the first lockdown.
Before the NTP came along we had never been able to access any kind of tutoring. The main barrier has always been the cost. We felt like the NTP was a really great opportunity to offer our pupils extra support that complements the teachers work and efforts in the classroom.
So far our Tuition Partner has been incredibly helpful. Although it is early days to talk about the impact this tutoring will have, I can say Tute has been really efficient and professional when organising the tuition for our pupils.
The NTP is a great opportunity for pupils. It has widened accessibility and ensured we could access tutoring for the first time and has built confidence for us in using new technology.
Accessing the NTP has also presented itself as a great chance for pupils to engage with a tutoring programme that will provide us with the support we need to bridge the gaps the pandemic has caused in their learning.