Intervention to Raise Achievement at Cardinal Hume Catholic School

In accordance with the mission of Cardinal Hume Catholic School, a range of intervention strategies exist to support students in reaching their full potential and maintaining their wellbeing. The principles of ‘Fide, Labore, Caritate: With Faith, Hard Work and Kindness’ underpin this crucial aspect of our school’s work. The Intervention Team is committed to supporting pupils with practical help and individual care.

The Intervention Team

  • Mr Crowe – Assistant Headteacher
  • Mrs Holywell – Intervention Manager
  • Miss Wheelhouse – Pupil Premium Coordinator
  • Mr Eccleston – Pupil Achievement Coordinator
  • Miss O’Hagan – Assistant Head of Aidan House
  • Mr Atkin – Assistant Head of Bede House
  • Mr Kiernan – Assistant Head of Cuthbert House
  • Ms Stewart – Assistant Head of Oswald House
  • Mrs Covington – Learning Mentor

Year 7 Mentoring

Pupils selected for this support benefit from daily contact with a dedicated mentor who helps them develop their practical skills in order to make progress.  There is a strong focus on helping pupils to develop their organisation skills.  Pupils take a blue report containing weekly targets to all of their lessons and bring it home for parents to sign.

KS3 Jump-Start Programme

Pupils participating in our Jump-Start programme will be encouraged to become effective independent learners.  Selected pupils in years 7 – 9 will participate in sessions which will focus on boosting their skills in certain areas.  The sessions may be generic, for example, completing independent study tasks to the best of their ability, working within directed time limits, or planning effectively.  In addition, sessions may have a literacy or numeracy based focus.

Pupil Premium Provision

The Pupil Premium Coordinator monitors the progress of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.  A range of intervention strategies including Raising Achievement Mentoring, Breakfast homework and revision clubs, 121 and small group sessions are put into place according to need.

Raising Achievement Mentoring

Raising Achievement Mentoring is structured in 6 week blocks, with the use of a tracking report for 4 of those weeks, in a thematic cycle to ensure support is given to as many pupils in need as possible.  Block themes could include: ‘Stretching the Most Able’, ‘Supporting Organisation’ or ‘Homework Quality Monitoring’.  Assistant Heads of House and Learning Mentors encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning under their caring guidance.  Pupils’ effort, self-discipline and commitment to their studies is promoted and rewarded.

Senior Leadership Team Mentoring

The Senior Leadership Team mentor pupils in years 11 and 10.  Pupils are tracked via a report which they take to every lesson and which comes home for parents to sign.  The aim of this form of mentoring is to motivate and encourage pupils throughout their GCSE studies, offering caring guidance and support.  Pupils’ efforts with improving their attitudes towards their studies and work ethic are praised.

Key Stage 4 Girls’ Network

A cohort of girls have been selected to participate in this charity led aspirational scheme.  Each girl is assigned a professional female mentor from a range of sectors and receives 12 1 hour sessions over a year.  The girls benefit from their mentor’s knowledge and insights into the workplace.  There are opportunities to visit work settings and receive practical advice on how to pursue goals.  Successful completion of the 1 year course leads to the opportunity to become a Girls’ Network Ambassador.

Year 10 University Study Support

The school is fortunate to have developed links with Newcastle University’s Widening Access scheme.  Undergraduate students in the subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History and Modern Foreign Languages come into school to deliver supportive study sessions to inspire, stretch and challenge.

Raising Girls’ Achievement Programme

Girls chosen for this programme are assigned a staff champion who will encourage them to take pride in their work and achievement.  Pupils participating in this programme will also receive regular practical skills based workshops, sessions designed to promote their wellbeing and motivational talks from staff and outside speakers.

Raising Boys’ Achievement Programme

Boys chosen for this programme take part in regular sessions based around practical skills, for example, strategies for successful revision in addition to sessions to encourage growth mindset and wellbeing.  The boys will also receive motivational talks and will be assigned a staff champion to encourage them to take pride in their achievement.

Breakfast Clubs

Pupils are invited along to Breakfast Clubs staffed by members of the Intervention Team.  A friendly and supportive atmosphere is created with the emphasis on supporting pupils to overcome difficulties with aspects of their studies including homework, pre-exam revision and how to extend their learning.

Key Stage 4 Study Support

To support pupils’ academic achievement, Heads of Department track and monitor progress throughout the year.  When it is felt that pupils need further support, or would benefit from stretch and challenge, they are referred to the Assistant Headteacher responsible for intervention who coordinates compulsory after school study support.  Sessions are led by teaching staff and enable pupils to further develop key skills for examination success.