Vertical Tutoring- notes on school management: this book is the definitive guide to VT and contains helpful information to guide the VT process along. It should, however, be used with training.
Vertical Tutoring is not simply a change to the school's pastoral system, it is a complete reculturing or transformation of the school's entire operational learning and teaching system. It has three goals:
1) to improve outcomes
2) to improve learning & teaching
2) to increase fun & the common good
Systems thinking rejects all piecemeal change and most reforms: Instead it looks at a school as a complete organisation to reveal how it works and where it breaks down and why. This includes looking at learning relationships between parents, students, teachers and tutors. Understanding the system and how its linear nature restricts flow and creates waste is key to understanding how to redesign it from the inside out.
Vertical Tutoring, once properly understood and implemented, completely transforms the way a school operates. In effect, it changes school management, enhances teaching and learning and improves all outcomes. This, however, requires significant unlearning and deep management training to prevent recourse to orthodoxy.
This site is designed to give schools and those interested in school improvement, an insight into what VT is, how and why VT can go wrong and information about the training available to secure a safe transition to a VT culture. The training offered is based entirely on systems thinking principles and values.
Included here are many draft and published papers that can be accessed through the TES (The Times Educational Supplement) website where they are stored. You can get there direct from this site but you may need to register (free). Go to Peter Barnard's resource page on the TES site. A list of papers can be found on the resources page on this site.
Visitors are warmly invited to contact me via this site regarding training / speaking requests, general enquiries and questions. All enquiries will be answered.
Many thanks to the many, many thousands who have shown an interest in VT and especially those schools sensible enough to seek advice and get VT right.
Hi! I'm Peter Barnard. Welcome to the Vertical Tutoring website. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or enquiries about VT and training.
This book is available from Amazon and all good book-shops. Also avaible on Kindle.
''You look at where you're going and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you've been and a pattern seems to emerge''. Robert Persig
Principal of two outstanding schools and FRSA. Intensively trained around 400 schools in UK, Germany, Qatar, China etc.
Recognised as the national expert in VT and systems thinking for schools as organisations.