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27/12/18

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We all want to do our bit to protect the environment 🌍 So we want schools to stop using plastic bags, straws, bottles and food packaging and go single-use plastic free by 2022 🍃 https://t.co/zszyQttb9O https://t.co/QFjxBaTc0v

18/12/18

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. https://t.co/F1rtb9SPxq https://t.co/Bv5AxkGQej

13/12/18

Tax, budgeting, wages and pensions were the hot topics when a company closed its offices to work with teenagers for a day. Year 10 students at RDA stepped away from the traditional timetable to work with apprentices up to executive managers from PSR. https://t.co/o3ptavjs98 https://t.co/4sWjiq1Twz

13/12/18

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James Beckles

It was great to hear , MD of , give an inspirational talk to pupils at about his journey from working class roots in Birmingham to one of the top jobs in tech. He passed on some good advice. Certainly a morning to remember! https://t.co/o9E94ocvYP

13/12/18

“The job I do now didn’t exist when I was at school.” Inspiration from the MD of to our year 10 pupils. Thanks for inviting him https://t.co/xk1sn7gAyF

12/12/18

Royal Docks Academy, in Newham, started the new school year with a huge boost to staffing – with an extra 25 new teachers joining the team, each judged to be at least “good” or “outstanding”. https://t.co/yYVDnRmGLb https://t.co/R25BG0nEXx

12/12/18

A Christmas market excursion gave students an opportunity to practise their foreign language skills. A group of 43 Year 7, 8 and 9 students from Royal Docks Academy took a two-day trip to northern France. Full story - https://t.co/mSFiwrkUdp https://t.co/ustOsGSkUm

09/12/18

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Marc Rowland

Alongside Friday's publication of the guidance on parental engagement, just a reminder of this well hidden, high quality report on best practice in parental engagement from (2011) https://t.co/gX3SEdTv7g

09/12/18

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James Beckles

BBC Sport - Raheem Sterling: Manchester City forward says newspapers 'fuel racism' in football https://t.co/H5asZZ7QR4 glad Raheem has spoken out about the role newspapers play in stoking racial tensions and the vilification of the black and minority football players.

09/12/18

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Terry Bobie

This picture tells a thousand stories! Well done https://t.co/eqKFs1GL7v

07/12/18

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What better way to understand democracy than to watch a live discussion on Brexit in Parliament? That’s the lesson Year 9 and 10 citizenship students from Royal Docks Academy enjoyed when they visited London for a tour of the Palace of Westminster. https://t.co/P0kc4Ff1XO https://t.co/hm5i1DR6AF

07/12/18

What better way to understand democracy than to watch a live discussion on Brexit in Parliament? That’s the lesson Year 9 and 10 citizenship students from Royal Docks Academy enjoyed when they visited London for a tour of the Palace of Westminster. https://t.co/P0kc4Ff1XO https://t.co/hm5i1DR6AF

03/12/18

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MissG

So proud of our yr 9 girls today! This beautiful workshop helped them with their self esteem, mental health and gave them an insight into social media awareness. They gave 100% of their effort and focus and this was the amazing result. 😍 https://t.co/LPAP9ZRjWv

03/12/18

Thank you to Lord Ousley for such inspirational word to our citizenship pupils https://t.co/bAm3JkItMt

03/12/18

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MFL Royal Docks

Ready for action. MFL Trip arrived in Calais for chocolate workshop. https://t.co/u8OJawCdQC

03/12/18

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MFL Royal Docks

Fantastic chocolate decorating at P & J Chocolates. https://t.co/GxW2HDuw4O

03/12/18

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Lille looking festive for our visit to the Christmas market and fair... https://t.co/lLoAUibAVh

03/12/18

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MFL Royal Docks

Le Marché de Noel in Lille...off to sample the goodies. https://t.co/e1k0RXHNzt

03/12/18

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MFL Royal Docks

La Roue Royale. Big wheel very popular here in Lille with Royal Docks Academy pupils! https://t.co/VXjTSd6YoK

03/12/18

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Festive fun for the MF L trip. https://t.co/bl0UWJHyqY

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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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