So What is Vertical Tutoring?
Vertical Tutoring is not just a change to the school's pastoral system as many schools assume. When understood, it starts a domino affect that improves behaviour, communication, assessment for learning, reports, aspiration, outcomes, and management. It sets in motion a new learning culture built on mixed-age groups, the central role of the tutor, and parent partnership. It has three main goals:
1) to improve learning and learning outcomes
2) to personalise learning relationships between students, staff and parents
2) to impact on learning behaviour and attitude and so raise aspiration.
Training always begins with the LT and with UNLEARNING. The LT is briefed on systems thinking as the knowledge base for change. Strangely, it begins with analysing the school as it is now from a customer perspective. This includes looking at learning relationships between parents, students, teachers and tutors. Understanding how the "year" system and its linear nature restricts flow and creates problems is key to understanding how to redesign the school from the inside out and to avoid errors.
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 outcomes. This, however, requires significant unlearning and significant management training to prevent recourse to orthodoxy.
Hi! I'm Peter Barnard. Welcome to the Vertical Tutoring website.
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Former Principal of two outstanding schools and now an author and trainer specialising in systems thinking approaches to school improvement. Intensively trained over 400 schools in UK, Germany, Qatar, Japan, S. Africa and China. Recognised as the lead authority in vertical systems for schools as organisations.
'Hi Peter, I just wanted to say that we couldn't have asked for a better start to the year thanks to VT. We have followed your guidance to the letter and it really has worked. Everyone is singing its praises including the students. Our VT/learning time (just before break) has a fantastic atmosphere throughout Hans Price Academy and punctuality has shot up. Please keep in touch.'
Armando Di-Finizio: Principal 19/09/13
Here are two PREZIs (like P/Ps but flashier!) The first gives a taste of VT: INTRODUCTION
The second is about the kind of MISTAKES that schools commonly make. Just click, load, and scroll...
VT is counter-intuitive at first and challenges much of what we think and assume as school managers and teachers so it can seem PROVOCATIVE until you get it!! Teachers and students usually get it first time. Managers are more challenged!