Case Study - Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre | Award Nomination 2016

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Case Study:

Spirals Team: Lesley Munro, Principal Teacher of History; Joe Collins, Principal Teacher of ICR and Computing; Helena Headley-Read, IBCP, KS5 co-ordinator of English
Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre
 
Practice:
Homewood School have worked on narrowing the gap for their students by looking at growth mindset and resilience. They spent a long time speaking to students to understand how the gap develops. As a result, staff noticed that year 8 have much higher levels of confidence and resilience than year 11. The team have planned an intervention day for year 8 in the summer term working on their growth mindset in preparation for their transition to year 9 and GCSEs.
 
Impact:
Impact on students is not yet known as the intervention has not yet taken place. The impact on staff involved in talking to the students and analysing the findings has been profound, as the team got a better understanding of the feelings and development of the students. Considering the positive impact, staff are keen that steps should be taken to reduce the gap. Levels of anxiety are growing year on year, so giving staff and students ways to combat this has been welcomed.

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