RVTC Vertical Tutor Groups
As a pupil or parent, do you object to vertical tutor grouping If you do not understand fully what this means, it is approximately five pupils from each year going into one tutor group, which will mean the youngest pupils of the school will be mixing with the oldest. You may not be aware that this is taking place and be angry and upset that you have not had the opportunity to air your views although the school insists that parents have been notified and given the oppotunity to state their objections and greviences via a questionaire sent to all parents in March 07, we recieved ours in May 07, two weeks prior to the meetings. On inspection of a blank form, there was no space allocated for names of parents or pupils. Apparently some of these forms were completed and returned to school but when asked if these forms were available for independant inspection, they were no longer required and have subsequently been destroyed After the fact, two meetings were arranged at the school for parents to attend and objections to this proposal were put forward. It became apparent that this scheme was a forgone conclusion and not open to debate. Use the link to RVTC website for more infomation on Vertical Tutor Groups !!!! You wont find any information. WHY NOT seems a bit strange. These changes will no doubt cause conflict between pupils. Numerous problems have come to light including that the older children of the school have been guided and mentored through four challenging yet memrobable years by their tutor and tutor group. It would be unfair to the tutor and pupils to loose this bond after the years of working together. Other issues would include year six pupils that would be entering the school for their first year would feel even more intimidated by the older pupils as they would spend the tutorial period together. Although people may want to deny it, the older children of the school use tutorial gatherings to discuss what they did in their social time, if the younger pupils hear this they may feel this is socially acceptable for their age group. Peer preussure could also be an issue as younger children are easily influenced. Many more aspects of this scheme will have major implications , but this petition is limited to a word count so the description is limited. As a parent, please talk to your children and ask for their views and most of all, if they object, they may well be objecting for the right reasons. Talk to other parents who may know more or go directly to the head teacher for more information, dont be afraid of asking direct questions and dont let our children and future students of RVTC down. Please read between the lines and support this cause! Power in numbers! If we all agree, surely this can not be enforced. Thank you for taking the time to support our children.