A great deal of research suggests that the House Group model has the potential to contribute to a greater sense of student well-being, a sense of student community, and higher student achievement and educational attainment. This model seems to hold promise especially for disadvantaged students, who are affected positively by smaller “schools-within schools” however we believe that there are major benefits for all of our young people within this system:
- Improved Support for young people
- Sense of competitiveness between Houses
- Better communication between all stakeholders
House Group Time / Leaders (HGLs)
House group time is a structured and planned experience for 10 minutes at the beginning of the day which has been organised to allow pupils to adopt a positive and focussed approach to each school day. House group leaders will ensure that young people are given the general information that they require via a pupil PowerPoint presentation. They will also spend time reviewing the pupils’ merits and demerits, praising where appropriate and offering support and challenge where required. They will also spend time getting to individually know each pupil building positive relationships in order to support the young people to reach their full potential. They will also monitor absence and late coming working in conjunction with the Pupil Support Team. As well as this, HGLs will monitor attainment and achievement working with the House and Pupil Support Team to monitor, evaluate and support the progress of young people within the class.
House Groups 2015-2016
Bruce House: Technology/Science/Modern Languages
Erskine House: Social subjects/Maths/Pupil support
|1E1||Mrs McAskill/ Ms Wall||2-026|
|2E1||Mrs Hensby/ Mrs Boulton||2-010|
|5E1||Mrs Ferguson / Mrs Ross||2-006|
|6E||Mr Veitch/Mrs Wilkie||2-008|
Schaw House: Health/English/Creative&Aesthetic
Pupil Support House Group Team
The House Group Team consists of Depute Head of House, Principal Teacher of Guidance, three associated Faculty Heads and all House Group Leaders in that particular House. There are three House Group teams representing Bruce, Erskine and Shaw. There is a weekly House Team meeting to discuss any issues that young people have and support strategies to help with these issues. The meetings involve The Depute Head of House, the associated P.T Guidance and an associated Faculty Head who attends on a rotating basis. Minutes and actions are produced for this meeting and circulated to staff.
Principal Teachers of Pupil Support – Guidance (PTPS)
Principal Teachers of Pupil Support have responsibility for all classes within their house in a vertical guidance structure. They work together with the relevant DHT, Faculty Heads and House Group Leaders in relation to routine pupil support issues for their house as well as the more complex issues relating to “high tariff” support and interagency cooperative working. The Pupil Support staff are responsible for the pastoral care and development of the pupils in their house. Together with the Principal Teacher of Additional Support Needs they are responsible for ensuring that appropriate support for learning is available as required and where necessary identifying pupils for whom special exams arrangements may be necessary. They are also responsible for the planning, delivery and evaluation of the P.S.E programme. Principal Teachers of Pupil Support will interview each pupil in their caseload at least once every year and will be involved in all issues relating to course choice and review. Your child’s guidance teacher will be the first point of contact for you within the school.