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14/01/21

School food really matters. Thanks to our staff and Met police officers for helping us provide 400 free breakfast bags for children this week. Each bag has two weeks’ of breakfasts. Bags went out on Tues and Weds this week. https://t.co/AwjlkJ492v

14/01/21

HBAED students... do you need more data to help you study? The government has launched a scheme which temporarily increases data allowances for some mobile phone users so that students can access remote education. Click here to find out more and apply https://t.co/jiLFD5e3HK

13/01/21

It's Wellbeing Wednesday so why not complete this full body yoga session today? https://t.co/VjNSsFO3BM. We've a different suggested wellbeing activity for every single day in January in our HBAED Wellbeing Calendar at https://t.co/6TLBvrc75w. Take a look!

13/01/21

Over 2,300 e-books are now available through your school Reading Cloud log in. Click https://t.co/8qjGxjnHyG to start reading. Username is your school email address (initial.surname.org.uk). Password is harrisboys (you can change this). https://t.co/PIVQI1Weye https://t.co/DygbXOxpXo

12/01/21

Thanks for getting in touch, Nicole. If you are having problems accessing the dashboard could you email info.org.uk please? You can mark it for attention of Ms George if you like. We'll then get you the help you need.

12/01/21

We want to boost our students’ vocabulary and Bedrock is one of the tools we use. Has your child logged on? Are they consistently working on Bedrock? How much progress have they made? See your parent dashboard for an insight. Let’s close the vocabulary gap together!

12/01/21

Our Health and Wellbeing Calendar has a suggested activity for every day in January, to help you look after your health and wellbeing. See what's on the calendar today at https://t.co/YjQOUyUVYe https://t.co/hpLWpd0vnz

12/01/21

Retweetd From Southwark Police

Southwark Safer Schools Officers assisted food bag packing event this afternoon, 370 students will receive two weeks’ worth of Breakfast Bags to assist during these challenging times, these will be collected tomorrow by the families https://t.co/8nrpiFao0V

11/01/21

This week's PE challenge is to complete a 5k run, jog or walk. Mr May has been out and running to set you some 5k times to try and beat, if you want to! But it doesn’t really matter how long it takes. Find out how to take part at https://t.co/hdRLfdWpbs https://t.co/Nu48VhQIek

07/01/21

Thank you to entrepreneur Mark Jenner, Founder of for his inspirational talk to our Yr 7 boys recently as part of their Active Citizens Enterprise Day. “It was great to to see the boys demonstrate such confidence," he said. Read more https://t.co/vZO9XrCo0H https://t.co/MpxuonVESO

05/01/21

We are pleased to announce that we are committed to achieving the Quality in Careers Standard in 2021. We aim to provide an outstanding programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance to address the career development needs of all our students https://t.co/eJZyq7RJf0

04/01/21

Getting this lovely message from a parent made a BIG difference to our day today🙂. https://t.co/W0iaNJNPFW

04/01/21

Covid testing in schools. To see our letter to parents about this national scheme, including the consent form, please visit https://t.co/3ymUT61MVM. Thank you.

31/12/20

Please see our Covid-19 Updates page for the latest details of start of term arrangements. Thank you as ever for your cooperation. https://t.co/dincMb7BT1

23/12/20

We are proud to present our Seasonal Showcase 2020 to show that, despite Covid, the arts at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich are thriving! Watch at https://t.co/qNmkKbaSbt https://t.co/K9XcI0uceD

15/12/20

HBAED staff wishing you festive cheer - watch here! https://t.co/0ZCdWJfh2h

15/12/20

Thanks for the opportunity and congratulations to the winners! https://t.co/TxtcU4nZS7

15/12/20

Prof Martin Marshall, Chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, took the time recently to speak to our Yr 9 & 10 aspiring medics. The boys really valued hearing him talk about the impact of a GP's work and his views on the Covid vaccine. https://t.co/b9kyhpOpqV https://t.co/oEkPCjCXFk

14/12/20

A nice message from a parent to start the week: "What a wonderful job the staff at Harris Boys' academy are doing. I commend you all for your tenacity and determination and most of all the intensity of the support provided to the boys during these challenging times."🙂

14/12/20

Denzel is just one of 25 Year 7 boys enjoying breakfast with the Principal this morning. A deserved reward for an excellent first term! https://t.co/fLfGttwFyf

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Progress Sessions for Years 10 and 11

Year 10 progress sessions

Year 10 students get an additional two hours per week in subjects where they have been identified as making the least progress. These Progress Sessions are led by a subject specialist. Directors meet with Ms Ayodele, the Year 10 Progress Leader, to choose students for bespoke additional support based on the latest attainment data. These sessions cover a range of subjects at any one time and include some or all from those detailed below, based on the progress and attainment needs of the students.

In addition, we use Tuesday mornings for careers, Building Cultural Capital and an assembly programme. The assemblies are delivered by members of the Senior Leadership Team, Directors or external agencies and focus on themes such as: changes to exam specifications; Post 16 applications; Progress and Attainment 8; and extra-curricular enrichment. The sessions are rotated every term based on the most recent data.


BTEC Sport: Mr May, Mr Miller and Mr Belcher

Students in the B band are divided into one of three BTEC Sport Progress Sessions as all students in these groups will sit their BTEC Sport Unit One examination at the end of the first term. This exam unit is worth 25% of their overall end of Year 11 grade and we are optimistic that the additional time will help maximise their attainment.

In term 1a the groups revisit the subject knowledge required for Unit One which is covered in the BTEC Sport curriculum. The teachers will deliver theory or practical sessions to help students apply their knowledge and understanding.

In term 1b the focus changes from subject-specific knowledge to exam preparation and exam technique. The PE staff model the ‘PEEL’ answering technique (Point, Example, Explain, Link - see picture) to help students plan their longer answers and we are confident this will stretch and challenge students to access the higher grades.

In term 2, B and O band students will switch over as O band prepare for their Unit One exam which will be sat at the end of term 2b.


EBACC (History/Geography/Spanish)

The Year 10 EBACC Progress sessions follow the pastoral support system driven by individual student's subject specific needs. Each programme is aimed at providing extra support to the students in order to enhance and embed core skills, knowledge and understanding of the syllabus.

Geography: Mr Maserejje, Director of Humanities. Our mornings involve improving literacy for geography learning, revision skills, practising of exam techniques, exploring relevant subject resources and completion of learning tasks to stretch understanding and a review of subject content. Students are expected to take advantage of this programme so as to ultimately make the expected progress and raise their attainment in the subject.

History: Ms Baawa, Innovation Leader/Teacher of History. Pupils are studying for the most difficult GCSE history exam that there has ever been. The sessions will help pupils succeed and reduce the amount of intervention needed at school From Monday to Friday all pupils have an engaging 40 minutes in which they revise and develop the knowledge and skills required for the GCSE paper. Over term 2a and 2b the pupils will be revising the Cold War unit of the Edexcel exam board.

Spanish: Ms Burley, Teacher of Spanish. This term we have been focusing on grammar skills with a specific emphasis on the tenses and how to conjugate verbs. In addition, we are also practicing our Spanish dialogues using interactive videos to promote spontaneity in speaking, which is a skill required on the new Spanish GCSE exam. The smaller group size enables students to engage with discussion in a more confident and meaningful way.


Year 11 progress sessions

Year 11 progress sessions use the most recent mock exam data to select small groups of students for almost 3 extra hours of learning. The progress groups are reviewed each term and there is a regular assembly programme on Mondays to cover PSHE issues and offer revision guidance.

English

We have used our tracker to select pupils who have had problems on specific questions, as indicated by their low scores. We have then chosen 10-12 pupils to target for a session which is completely focussed on that question. We teach techniques and practice/model answers. Each English teacher teaches students from their own group – this gives us a faster start as we know them and their areas of challenge and how to get them to work. For the next session we choose another cohort and another question: this way we will work through every question and each pupil has a tailored intervention based on specific and relevant need.


Maths

In the Autumn term we use Question Level Analysis (QLA) from the most recent mock exams to place students into weekly topic specific interventions.  Each week teachers work through a past paper and mark schemes are provided so that pupils can also revise independently.


Business

BTEC Business progress sessions are a great way for pupils to develop their subject knowledge. They focus on considering case studies. Pupils get support with how to research and reference relevant contextual examples to illustrate work. They are a great way to get clarification about key topics and to progress further by brainstorming ideas in groups and thinking critically. They also allow for pupils to complete homework as part of their coursework in a quiet and focused environment.


Music

Year 11 progress sessions allows students to expand their composition coursework by using resources such as our recording studio and mini mac studios to develop their coursework to a high standard. The progress sessions have allowed for more opportunities for students to perform as part of an ensemble by holding and organising rehearsals. We have held informal solo performances in front of their peers in the class to build their confidence and have more experience in preparation for their solo performances. The sessions also include students listening and supporting each other. Students also appreciate the 2 to 1 support from peers as well as from the teacher. Students have managed to complete coursework in a shorter amount of time due to them having more access to our state of the art music technology and performance equipment.


Art 

Year 11 art intervention sees students working independently on their projects. The students have access to our broad range of materials and specific equipment that is used to create a variety of art work and artistic experiments. This work all goes towards Unit 1 and Unit 2 of their GCSE.


MFL

We started selecting the students that missed controlled assessments. These students will complete the controlled assessment within the set date. After this we move to the students that need more support and we give them interventions to prepare for their exams.


History

Since September the history department have made great use of the intervention time to support students with their GCSE revision. The pupils have worked hard to develop their work to an acceptable level. Pupils know the high expectations we set on them and pupils realise that the hard work they put in now will go a long way to helping them achieve their target grade.


Science

Science intervention has been set up based on the Year 11 mock exams. All pupils completed mock exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and were given a predicted grade. From this both attainment and progress can be calculated for every pupil. If pupils have not achieved their target grade or have significantly poor progress scores (based on KS2 data) then they are required to attend compulsory Science intervention with the Science department. Here they will spend six weeks studying topics they performed poorly in during the mock exams. This six week intervention will culminate in a small test to check progress and if this is significantly better than the previous mock result will result in the end of intervention for that term. If the test is not completed to the required standard the pupils will re-attend intervention the following term. This process will happen each term up to and including the exam period.