Assertive Mentoring

What is Primary Assertive Mentoring?
 
The Aims of Assertive Mentoring are:
- to raise standards for all
- to motivate and involve children in their learning
- to inform and involve parents in their child’s learning
 
Assertive Mentoring brings together a whole series of initiatives and policies we already had at Abbots Ripton Primary, and then goes that extra step to improve them! It is about shining the light on the positive!
 
 
Academic Work
 
Assertive Mentoring targets what a child can do, and what they need to do to move to make progress. It reflects the new National Curriculum 2014 and allows teachers and children to set achievable targets in reading, writing and mathematics each half term. The system facilitates sharing these targets with parents so that you can help your child to achieve even more quickly. Children know exactly what they need to learn in order to make progress. From September 2014, there will be no reference made to levels (except years 2 & 6) but instead Stages.
 
Assertive mentoring is based on a colour coding system
 
Green means that the child has met/exceeded expectations in attainment, attitude, achievement and behaviour.
Yellow means that the child has nearly met expectations for learning.
Red means that the child needs further support with meeting their targets in attainment, attitude and/or behaviour.
 
The advantages of the system:
• Quick and easy to use and understand.
• All staff in school use the same approach.
• Children judge their own learning and behaviour: they are startlingly accurate.
• Children are empowered to take ownership and control of the way they behave and their attitude to learning.
• Children who have a good attitude to learning and school life are praised.
 
Attitude and behaviour-
We are beginning to measure and record children’s attitude to school life, and set targets for improvement if they are needed. Many aspects of our routine will come under this heading, for example wearing of correct uniform, bringing in to school PE kit, attendance and punctuality.
 
Mentoring files and one-to-one meetings-
Eventually each child will have a very important Assertive Mentoring file which will stay with them throughout their time at Abbots Ripton Primary School. In the mentoring file is stored all the information the staff, children and yourselves need to be aware of in relation to academic achievement, attitude and behaviour.
Mentoring files will become the focus of one-to-one meetings and parent consultations.
 
In conclusion
 
Assertive Mentoring will help Abbots Ripton to raise standards for all. Assertive Mentoring is a huge undertaking and we believe it will take us up to two years to fully embed all of the procedures and systems but you will already start to see aspects coming into daily life and we will give you more information every time we introduce a new aspect of the system.
 
What are we introducing first?
 
Writing:
This is a key priority for the school and so we have chosen to look at all aspects of writing over the next two terms.
The first step is to assess all the children using the new stages to ensure that we can recognise any gaps in learning as we start to work to the new curriculum 2014 objectives.
Then on Monday 10th November, every child will be given a Big Write Book. In this book each child will have a personalised target sheet that they will discuss with their teacher to identify the next steps in their learning. Every 10-14 days each child is expected to undertake a piece of unaided extended writing based on their previous learning and this will go into the Big Write Book. At the end of each half term, the whole school will also undertake a ‘Big Writing’ task on the same subject ( last half term it was a story called The Windy Day) which will also be placed in their book. Writing can be over a range of genres and topics as the idea is for every child to develop a portfolio of their writing to show off their progress over the year.
At the end of each half term, the work is assessed again and new targets set for the next half term.
 
Spelling:
Those of you in Key Stage 2 will now be familiar with the homework sheets that encourage children to look, write and check their spellings.
We have now decided to roll out the spellings to the whole school from year 1-6 starting from Monday 10th November.
On Mondays your child will receive a homework sheet with all their spellings on for the week. They will continue to be tested every week and will be expected to show their completed homework sheet as part of this. In addition, we are asking all children to complete either one or two sentences showing that can use a few of their spelling words in context. Year 2 are expected to write one sentence whilst years3-6 are expected to write two sentences each week.
Please note that we consider the presentation of this work to be very important so we would be grateful if you assist your child by providing them with either a pencil or black pen to write with.
 
Grammar:
After Christmas we will be introducing weekly skills quizzes in grammar (Grammar Hammer) which are stage appropriate and will allow children to work at their own pace to ensure their grammatical understanding is being developed as part of their learning in English. This is an exciting project for the school and we are looking forward to sharing the journey with you.