Giving high-achieving disadvantaged children an opportunity to advance as they move from primary to secondary school.
How it works
Secondary school teachers are buddied up with primary school teachers to help them understand the abilities of individual students. High achieving children are then invited to attend a week-long summer school between primary and secondary school, giving them access to advanced learning opportunities English, maths and science. Plus, they have the chance to take part in masterclasses focused on resilience, communication and team work to help them develop their social and emotional skills. Throughout the project their parents are invited to one-to-one meetings with teachers to discuss their child’s progress and are provided with support to help motivate their child at home.
As they move to secondary school, children continue to attend the masterclasses and are paired up with older high-achieving students. They provide support with homework, study skills and dealing with social issues. Children also have the chance to go on school trips, are given access to specialist careers advice, and visit local employers to discover job opportunities. Plus, they also visit universities to explore higher education. Parents are engaged at each step of the way through meetings with teachers. They also receive texts and postcards with updates about their child’s progress.
By giving children opportunities to advance in their learning, St Mary’s Catholic Academy is hoping to support more high achieving disadvantaged children across Blackpool to succeed when they move from primary to secondary school.
- 180 children will benefit from this project
- As a research school, St Mary’s wants to share its learning with many other schools across the North West.