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Secondary School (Bideford)

"We are a school first and foremost and proud of our student and their achievements."


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"We are a school first and foremost and proud of our
students and their achievements."

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Personalised Tutoring

September 2023

In tutor this term Key Stage 3 pupils will focus on developing their own tool box to learning by experiencing a range of activities. They will aim to achieve an AQA unit award linked to developing positive behaviours. 

Key stage 4 pupils will focus on refining their emotional intelligence leading to a AQA unit award.


Our aim is to meet the needs of young people preparing them for adulthood while promoting care and respect though positive relationships. 


We have developed a tutor curriculum that covers 4 key skills which all link to a student’s THRIVE profile:  

Emotional resilience 



Preparation for adulthood 


Through our extended tutoring sessions, we aim to ensure that learning is bespoke to the personalised needs of our learners and demonstrates a strong understanding of each student's needs.   Helping students to find the tools needed to succeed is a key part of independence and we through our tutor time we will be encouraging concentration, perseverance, imagination, cooperation, the enjoyment of learning, self-improvement and curiosity.  



Students will work with their tutor to create their own toolbox that gives them a sense of control in the situation enabling them to ‘self-sooth’. We will support students in their capacity to remove their mind from what was causing them stress so they can approach the situation with balanced reason. 

Tutors will do this through: 


  • The use of regular meet and greets, check in/check out. 

  • Offering secure time to talk for pupils to explore feelings. 

  • Building safe relationships with vulnerable pupils. 

  • Providing talking tools such as feeling/sensory boxes within the classroom, to help pupils self-regulate. 

  • Ensuring that the voice of the pupil is heard and acted upon. 


Enrichment and cross-curricular links: 


  • Everything we do is supported by the THRIVE Approach and will address the students own THRIVE targets. 

  • Students will also have a tutor target for every lesson. 



It is hoped that each student will develop the tools they need to tackle a wide range of situations promoting ownership of their own learning. Students’ confidence will develop through the creation of a safe environment that allows them to reach their full potential and be able to effectively engage in school life and their future aspirations.