Sam Naylor, outlines Wilmslow High School’s new intervention strategy, ‘Positive Prep’.
Being prepared is fundamentally important within education and throughout all areas of life. In order to learn effectively, all students must be prepared for the day ahead; have embedded learning habits; targets to work towards and the right frame of mind to reach their full potential. Parents and carers should also be made aware of how they can aid their child’s learning in the best possible way.
Positive Prep is a new support system designed to improve organisational skills and homework completion rates amongst targeted students at WHS. Students referred onto the programme complete a five week cycle of ‘Positive Prep’ where they are guided and supported to complete homework and improve their organisation. Positive Prep also encourages students to:
- Recognise the importance of being organised and prepared for the school week
- Manage their time effectively
- Complete homework accurately and to the required standard
- Have more self esteem and confidence in completing work
- Have embedded study habits that they continue to use after the cycle has finished
Positive Prep is aimed at students who genuinely struggle to cope with the workload that a normal school week can bring. These students may not have access to a computer at home, receive little or no support from parents, or, may be generally forgetful, have a lack of interest in a particular subject or receive Pupil Premium Funding.
Students on the Programme are required to attend breakfast and daily after school homework clubs as well as completing a Positive Prep booklet which teachers are also required to sign and check.
During the Monday breakfast club students set themselves targets to work towards throughout the week. Students also stock up on any equipment to ensure that they organised and are starting the week off in a positive frame of mind.
The Positive Prep booklet is used as a way of monitoring the students’ homework completion and organisation. Students are required to hand their PP booklet to teachers towards the end of each lesson. At the end of the lesson, the teacher will check to see if the student has written their homework down and will then either tick or cross three different boxes based on whether they had the required equipment for the lesson and whether or not they completed their homework to the required standard.
The after school homework clubs are led by members of our Learning Support Team. During this time students are given high quality 1 to 1 help and guidance with homework, revision and any class work which they may need to catch up with.
Whilst the strategy has only been up and running since September, it is hoped that Positive Prep will help to improve attainment levels as well as embedding positive study habits that students can continue to use after the cycle has finished.