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25/03/19

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MissG

We hope you aren’t missing us too much! We are loving our extra day in Italy. Happy children = happy teachers 😊🇮🇹 https://t.co/giiCF3duOD

24/03/19

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MissG

Pompeii and Herculaneum have been great! We have learnt and seen so much today https://t.co/49XcF4WZDN

24/03/19

Please stay away from those lions 🦁 !

24/03/19

Bringing learning to life https://t.co/hglI63m0nl

23/03/19

What a beautiful day in Capri. Making amazing memories and changing lives https://t.co/mZ3SzHfTYd

23/03/19

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MissG

Sunset and paddling - Happy Friday from students in Italy!! 🌄🌅 https://t.co/CI2GDYobXB

23/03/19

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MissG

we are ready for a big day out to Capri!! We are so excited. https://t.co/oPij0FBnf4

22/03/19

Another amazing day in Italy. All tired 💤 and asleep. What an amazing experience https://t.co/TDQ8mOBZaT

22/03/19

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MissG

students are loving the sunshine and beautiful views along the Amalfi Coast today! We just stopped in Amalfi and now our tummies are filled with lots of yummy ice cream 🍦 We can’t wait to return to Sorrento to watch the sunset along the coast. https://t.co/CplRr5788f

21/03/19

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MissG

students have had an amazing day out climbing Mount Vesuvius 🌋 and got to try some lovely local cuisine (pizza) 🍕We can’t wait for tomorrow’s adventures! https://t.co/2pgIq5p0xq

21/03/19

All checked into the hotel. Kids have beautiful rooms. Day at vesuvius was amazing. https://t.co/DP9VfB3IMT

21/03/19

All arrived safe & sound. Visited mount Vesuvius. Tired. Pics to follow soon.

21/03/19

All checked in and ready to board. Next stop Italy! So excited https://t.co/cJiqZ9kWHU

15/03/19

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NCPV

Fantastic viruses on day 3! students making novel viruses 🦠 https://t.co/YadJLc8F17

14/03/19

Delighted to welcome our new year 6s to Royal Docks. Looking forward to September already https://t.co/OpJaoefNbA

14/03/19

A pleasure to meet Year 5s at Ravenscroft Primary School

09/03/19

Delighted to have you onboard. https://t.co/0Tz3R8RFNN

07/03/19

Fantastic turn out for our GCSE options evening. https://t.co/Xi3Jj9eqhy

02/03/19

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Victoria Dock parkrun

We had a great this morning! Proud to be joined by a huge group of staff and students from . Massive well done to all. We hope to see you again soon! https://t.co/fio9DPF978

02/03/19

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Terry Bobie

A disciplined & ruthless 17-0 Win in the essex league against Redbridge District today for my Newham District Under 13s‼️Well done to all our representing https://t.co/psTvhTKFyX

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Tailored support through nurture lessons

Tailored support through nurture lessons

Posted: 18th December 2018

Students struggling with school academically or emotionally are being given tailored support to ensure they achieve their best.

Royal Docks Academy has launched a nurture programme for Year 7 and 8 students who would otherwise find school difficult.

Working in small groups, students with a variety of challenges are taught using step by step instructions and the “follow me” technique – where the teacher performs a small task and then they repeat it - to prevent them from feeling overwhelmed.

The aim is for students to move into mainstream lessons as soon as they are able to, whether that be after weeks or months or whether they remain in the nurture sessions until they select their options in Year 9.

Ellie McGoldrick, head of nurture, launched the groups in September. She said: “Children attending the nurture groups have been selected due to their SATs data, because they have special educational needs or because teachers here have established they would benefit from an alternative style of teaching.

“Some are with us for emotional support as much as academic support. It’s about giving them the confidence to move back into mainstream lessons.

“They are given heavy intervention and support which enables them to access a full curriculum. These children can achieve. We are not a school that would decide to not put them forward for their exams. For some children, achieving a grade 1 at GCSE is still an achievement. We want them to get their GCSEs.”

Students attend lessons in the full range of subjects, including English, maths, science, performing arts and Spanish.

In art, great strides are being made in terms of progress already.

Art, design and technology teacher Nadia Kitouni started her sessions by asking students to draw a self-portrait.

She said: “I was met with students saying they simply could not draw; they did not have the confidence or the knowledge to know how to go about the task. It overwhelmed them.

“Some cannot concentrate for more than two minutes, they need constant reassurance and lots of appraisal; their self-confidence and self-esteem is very low. So, we break the task down and do one step at a time and we do them together.

“What they were then able to produce was outstanding. They could not believe they could learn how to draw portraits. They achieved something and they could see that for themselves; they didn’t have to wait for me to mark it, they could see straight away they had learned and improved. I keep going back to their

original work to remind them each lesson of their progress and where they have come from. I have rarely taught a group where I have seen such rapid progress.”

Without the nurture groups, students may fall behind and lessons be disrupted.

Mrs Kitouni said: “When students cannot access basic things that we teach in any curriculum, it is really hard for them. There have been a lack of resources to set up this kind of intervention in the past.

“Because of these small groups, we can use the techniques they need. I play classical music during our art lessons which creates a calm environment and gives them peace in their heads. We open up their senses and then they become like sponges ready to learn.

“As a teacher, this is a great opportunity to shine within the profession. It is a real challenge, but it’s a challenge that we love as experienced teachers. We want to be challenged and to use our experience and new techniques.

“Our students are getting high quality teaching. This initiative is fantastic and I am very proud of what we are doing and the outstanding progress students are making.”

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