We have just moved to year group based tutor groups from September 2020. Our tutor groups consist of students from 1 year group. The groups are a wide social mix of students to promote an ethos of everyone working together.
Each tutor group is named after a country. These countries come from 4 continents, which run through the year groups. These are Africa, Americas, Asia and Oceania.
Each day starts with tutor time for 20 minutes
*That the time has structure and purpose for the students.
*It allows the tutors to concentrate on key groups of students at certain times of the year (e.g.: when students are taking options)
*It allows learning conversations to take place, both between tutor and student and student to student
*Ease transitions i.e. Year 6-7, Year 9 Options.
*It gives students more individual attention at key times of the year;
*It creates a family atmosphere in the mentor room;
*It allows students to remain with the same mentor/tutor throughout their school career;
*It improves communication between mentors/tutors and parents as mentors will have smaller numbers in their mentor group;
*Tutor teams will have a wide experience of the needs of a child in each year group – hence a more holistic approach is achieved.