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24/05/19

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Finally, we were presented with our badges in Year 7 assembly. Our Head of Year, Ms Kioi was so proud to see us receive the Year Council badges. We're proud of ourselves too, and of our school https://t.co/2RZX8lwLcP

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23/05/19

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Our first School Council meeting took place at lunch time today, with two reps from each Year Group (7 to 10). The Head Boy and Head Girl chaired the meeting, and we think we’ve got some great ideas to present to SLT after Half Term! https://t.co/KZaACAJR6p

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23/05/19

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It was our turn to get our badges today! We're feeling so proud of ourselves. We had such a good Year 8 Council meeting last week, and our School Council reps are prepped for the meeting today https://t.co/DOebTaN2wp

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23/05/19

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Great opportunities, special connections and growing friendships. Privilege to welcome Yr 10 pupils from Royal Docks Academy Custom House today. Encouraging to see genuine pupil led plans for partnership forming. https://t.co/bStTBcxhNl

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23/05/19

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Privilege to welcome Yr 10 pupils from our partners at Royal Docks Academy Custom House today. Great to see friendships forming. Already planning a return visit. https://t.co/RSUgshpZiE

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22/05/19

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We had a quick Prefect meeting today (some of us were on a Sociology trip) to discuss our Break duties and our Faculty link roles https://t.co/aAJRYavRPl

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22/05/19

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We've got our Year Council badges! This morning, we were presented with our badges in our Year 9 assembly. We're excited about the opportunity and responsibility we've been given, and can't wait to help make improvements https://t.co/ucJYPYJs2O

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21/05/19

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This morning, we (the SSLT, Prefects, Year 10 Council, and School Council Reps for Year 10) received our badges in assembly. The whole Year Group was so proud of us! Don't forget - the Prefects have a meeting on Wednesday at 12:55pm in N50. https://t.co/GFwmwVS7Jz

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20/05/19

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This morning, our Tutor Reps fed back the minutes of the Year Council meetings to our peers, in preparation for the School Council meeting in Thursday. https://t.co/0OlSbrQhMi

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17/05/19

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Here they are! Introducing the Year Councils from Year 7 to Year 10, with the SSLT who chair their meetings. Next week, the School Council will meet to discuss the ideas and suggestions proposed by the Year Councils. https://t.co/MuC5gJuZFy

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17/05/19

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Our badges have arrived! Next week, we will be presented with them in our assemblies. https://t.co/ixugDs4MTh

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16/05/19

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Our Year 7 and 8 met today to discuss their ideas about how to improve recycling and rewards The discussion was really informative and we have many excellent points to take forward to the School Council meeting next week. https://t.co/h63hOJKpNW

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16/05/19

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Today, it’s the turn of our KS3 Year Councils 📝 Year 7 & 8 will enjoy an early lunch and then discuss the feedback from their Tutor surgeries. On the agenda: recycling and reducing litter, rewards, and raising money for local charities. https://t.co/gcgfScPHoy

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16/05/19

Democracy has returned to Royal Docks Academy as it nominates student councillors. The school has reintroduced the Year Council with Tutor Reps appointed in all year groups. https://t.co/MEHQIrPlz0 https://t.co/iXIWJyx1ZO

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15/05/19

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Today, we held our first Year Council meeting for the Year 9 and 10 pupils. Our peers conducted themselves very well, and the discussions were positive and productive. We have lots of ideas to feedback to the School Council next week. https://t.co/aYAFyCh7G9

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14/05/19

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The new Tutor Reps conversed with their peers to find out their opinions on the topics. They’ll be sharing these ideas at the Year Council meetings, which take place on Wednesday (for Year 9 and 10) and Thursday (for Year 7 and 8). https://t.co/wI0G9vGeej

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14/05/19

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We held our first Tutor Rep surgeries this morning On the agenda: recycling/litter, rewards and prizes, and raising money for local charities. The Reps led the discussions and noted the ideas of our peers in preparation for the Year Council meetings this week. https://t.co/1kOjJ3WoLN

14/05/19

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Welcome to twitter ! Looking forward to seeing all the great work from the new student leadership. https://t.co/7w3HdFiFwp

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13/05/19

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Today was Election Day The pupils in each Tutor Group, from Year 7 to Year 10, were involved in voting for their Tutor Reps, after the candidates had given their impassioned campaign speeches last week and canvassed for votes. https://t.co/xaW1qhEFeO

13/05/19

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We are so excited to see the return of our Year Councils and the School Council We're looking forward to hearing all the amazing ideas from our pupils!

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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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