Support for Year 11 students

Over the last two years schools in the Ipswich Opportunity Area have collaborated to support Year 11 students to improve their Maths in readiness for GCSEs.

The “What A Difference A Day Makes” programme enabled specialist teachers from Ipswich high schools to put on 24 hours worth of Saturday morning workshops at the University of Suffolk, helping hundreds of Year 11 pupils to improve their progress in Maths and get the grades they needed to move on to their next steps at 16. Students told us that this extra time to devote to the subject and the chance to meet other students at the University’s waterfront campus made a real difference to their confidence in entering the exam.

In 2021 it is as important as ever that Year 11 pupils still get support to ensure that they have the maths and numeracy skills they need, and the grades they deserve, in order to move on successfully to A Levels, College courses or apprenticeships.

This year the IOA will continue to work in collaboration with the University of Suffolk to provide support to Year 11 pupils, with mentoring support from UoS undergraduate student ambassadors and a 24 hour package of online learning over 4 months that will include:

  • Wellbeing – coping with Year 11 in lockdown and remote learning
  • Independent learning and study techniques
  • Sustaining and improving Maths skills – ensuring you use and don’t lose the skills needed for post 16 study
  • Aspirations and the transition to Sixth Form and college – planning for a bright future

Secondary schools in Ipswich can sign up to 20 students that would like to take part in the programme by filling in the referral form and emailing to Hazel Weekes, Remote Learning Projects Coordinator

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