The Academy of St Francis of Assisi (ASFA) in Liverpool is successfully supporting students who require extra tutoring in English and maths thanks to the Government’s catch-up funding, following COVID-19.
Teachers at the academy identified 15 students in each year group, from Years 7 to 10, to embark on a 15-week programme which involves external tutors coming into the school for one hour per week and working with students in small groups to help improve their reading or numeracy skills.
Now in its second year of the National Tutoring Programme, the Kensington school has seen tangible results with 80% of students now making expected, or better, progress in English or maths.
The Academy of St Francis of Assisi, which is proudly part of All Saints Multi Academy Trust, has been commended by the Department for Education for its utilisation of the catch-up funding and is set to be used as a case study demonstrating best practice.
Mr Ian Hepke, assistant headteacher at the academy, has led the programme since it was introduced in 2021.
He said: “We are overjoyed with how the National Tutoring Programme has benefited our students and it is wonderful to see how engaged they are during the sessions. The feedback has been brilliant and every student looks forward to their tutor coming in and working with them.”
One Year 8 student commented: “I am really enjoying the sessions. The tutors are helpful, and I feel like it has really helped my confidence.”
Headteacher, Ms Jo Leech, said: “The funding has been a great addition in helping us address any gaps in learning for students who require extra support outside of the classroom.
“Our vision here at The Academy of St Francis of Assisi is ‘success for all’ and being part of this programmes ensures we achieve this for students of all ages and that no one gets left behind.”