Issue 64 : Crawfurd House
18 Jan 2019
Academic Support and Building Confidence
In addition to ensuring a safe, home-like environment for the girls to relax in after lessons, the boarding house structure has teaching staff in resident roles to ensure academic support has joined up thinking with pastoral support. Many of the fun activities we run in the House are anchored in developing students’ confidence to present and vocalise opinions with their peers and with teaching staff.
An example of this from the start of term is Koharu’s excellent presentation on traditions for Japanese New Year, for which she had voluntarily prepared visual aids and presented to the rest of the House as well as being supported by some excellent volunteers who learnt how to make ‘mochi’ for the rest of the girls to enjoy.
On Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings students meet in the House for the first 20 minutes of the College day for a programme of assemblies, tutor times and student led meetings. These offer a variety of options for developing presentation skills and encouraging wider academic reading which is then fed back to peers and staff.
The ongoing communication between staff in all areas of College life ensures that House staff are able to support students to manage their time and get academic support (as well as pastoral support). In the House this is achieved by student mentoring, tutors supervising study time to help individuals be more focused or organised; creating quiet study space, providing equipment; one to one support for students working on big projects such as A level coursework or portfolios for university applications and study skills or revision sessions run by both teachers and students.