Wood Green Academy, Wednesbury
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Wood Green Academy, Wednesbury

Wood Green Academy, Wednesbury

Hope Merritt is a teacher at Wood Green Academy in the West Midlands. The school is using subsidised tutoring from Pearson Education, through the NTP.

Context

Wood Green Academy is a mixed secondary school in Wednesbury, in the West Midlands. Based in a large urban area, the school is large in size. It has a student body including 22 per cent free school meal students, 30 per cent eligible for pupil premium and 12 per cent have special educational needs.

Covid-19

The experience of our students has been mixed. Some of our students have been keen to get back to school whereas others seem more withdrawn from their studies. Some have struggled with the return to school because they are aware that they are behind with their learning.

NTP

The teachers at Wood Green Academy were keen to make the most of the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) since their school has a number of disadvantaged students.

We chose pupils that would engage well, understand the commitment and benefit from the extra subject focus

We understand the value of face-to-face, high-quality tutoring, so we thought it was important to take advantage of the NTP. We wanted to be able to support disadvantaged students who had fallen behind during lockdown.

We were looking for support on core subjects and Pearson’s tutoring specifically offers that. This was coupled with the provider’s well-known reputation and the fact that our school has used Pearson exam boards before.

We understand the value of face-to-face, high-quality tutoring, so we thought it was important to take advantage of the NTP. We wanted to be able to support disadvantaged students who had fallen behind during lockdown.

Pearson

All interactions with Pearson and their tutors have been positive. The tutors have been helpful in the initial setting up stages, so I was able to gather the information that they needed.

All sessions have been started on time and the students get on well with their individual tutors. The standard of teaching is very good.

Impact

The sessions have gone well. There is a good level of enthusiasm from the children and they are enjoying themselves in the sessions.

Their confidence has grown, which should show through in their classes.

Wood Green Academy is in Wednesbury in the West Midlands. The school is using subsidised tutoring from Pearson Education, through the NTP.

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