Student progress at Lutterworth College is led by a team of Progress and Academic Leaders (PALs).
The role of a PAL is to improve the progress and achievement of all students within their allocated year group.
PALs work with a caseload of students that they support closely in addition to wider activities such as the promotion of excellent work and a culture of learning.
They have also produced a range of mentor activities to address barriers to learning that students identified in a survey.
Paul HillYear 7
In my role as Progress and Achievement Leader for Year 7, I am committed to helping our students achieve the outcomes they deserve as they begin their learning journey at Lutterworth College.Â Starting a new school is an exciting challenge which I hope all Year 7s will embrace.Â I believe that students, subject teachers, support staff and home working together will enable every one of our Year 7s to flourish. I enjoy working closely with those students who need some additional support and working with the wider year group to create and maintain a positive working environment which will help all students to achieve the very best outcomes they can.Â
Jenny HindsYear 8
'I am privileged to be the Year 8 Progress and Achievement Leader and to play a part in enabling students to learn, flourish and succeed. I strongly believe that, given the right skills, any student has the opportunity to thrive. As a PAL I hope to instill a love of knowledge and a curiosity for learning that will go beyond students' educational years.'
Sophie GreavesYear 9
Progress and achievement are two incredibly valuable things. Every individual, no matter what their area of interest, should be encouraged to see the value in the things they can achieve. Achievement comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes and means different things to every one of us. The most important thing to focus on is the journey. Improvement, achievement and success don't come without continuing motivation to grow and progress. I aim to work with students in order to ensure that they can see the value in the journey they are on and feel motivated to achieve success for themselves, even when this is challenging. It's a privilege to be able to work with so many fantastic individuals in this way. After all, the progress and achievement of the students we work with is what motivates me to do the very best job I can.
Aaron EasonYear 10
'As someone who fully believes that every child can achieve their potential, I value my position as the Progress and Achievements Leader for Year 10 and I am fully committed to ensuring that each child makes progress. After overcoming my own personal barriers due to the influence of my teachers, I feel it is now time to repay their service to me by serving others. My philosophy when I entered teaching has always been, "it is not always what you teach them, it is how you make them feel." And I hope that all my students feel that they are valued, are capable of success and that they matter.'
Allan MitchellYear 11
The role of our PAL team is a highly important one here at Lutterworth College and I am very excited to be a part of them this year. I am looking to working with our Year 11 students and focusing on ways to improve student's progress and show them that through working together we can achieve.
I want to create an ownership culture in Year 11 to increase the way they challenge themselves to attain these rewards so that they get used to a work ethic to help with their GCSE courses, examinations and future challenges.Â
Charlotte BennettDeputy Head of Sixth Form
'In my role supporting Sixth Form, I, in part, work with students on very clearly defined interpretations of achievement, in light of their proximity to their examinations. My philosophy of the need to go not 'under' or 'over' but 'through' instils in students the qualities of resilience, determination and hard work required to meet the parameters of the formal examinations they face. However, I also very much believe in and seek to celebrate a more holistic perspective of achievement; students can achieve in so many different ways - through improvement, personal growth, outstanding attainment - and I take great pleasure in helping students to see the value of all of these in making progress in their learning.'
An important part of the work undertaken by the PAL team is the mentoring programme, which takes place between year group PALs and selected students. Each term, each year group PAL (and the Deputy Head of Sixth Form) will work with a specific cohort of students, in addition to their work with their wider year groups, to develop organisational and subject-specific skills, and improve learning outcomes.
The programme has been met with real enthusiasm from students and parents alike. The short video below, which features previous mentees, gives an insight into the work associated with the mentoring programme, and how much students love to be a part of it!