Our approach to learning

We offer a personalised approach to learning, making sure each and every student achieves their goals and is encouraged to reach their full potential.

Our staff ensure that every students’ needs, abilities and talents are known and recognised. For students who require additional support, our specialist staff offer personalised guidance, whilst students who excel in particular subjects are challenged and encouraged to develop their talent.

Every Child Matters

Parkwood E-ACT Academy is committed to the full inclusion of all young people in the educational process.

We follow the five key strands of “Every Child Matters” (ECM):

  • Be healthy
  • Stay safe
  • Enjoy and achieve
  • Make a positive contribution
  • Achieve economic well-being

Through regular assessment we can identify any students who require additional support and help. This support may be offered through the tutor group, the house structure or in partnership with external services. Any additional support will be documented within a student’s Individual Learning Plan which is completed in collaboration with parents, carers, students and academy staff.

Gifted, able and talented

Students who are identified as being gifted, able and talented in a particular subject or in an extra-curricular activity are encouraged and challenged to pursue their talents in order to realise their potential.

Students are provided with additional opportunities, often beyond the classroom, to enable them to achieve their goals. Wherever possible we work with our network of business and education partners to support and encourage our students through opportunities beyond the classroom.

English as an additional language

We have a dedicated team of teachers and support staff who work with our young people with little or no English on arrival at the academy ensuring that they are able to fully access the curriculum.

Special educational needs

We recognise that some young people require additional support in the areas of learning and behaviour or if they have a disability or special educational needs. This support is driven by our desire to provide a personalised learning experience and includes in-class and withdrawal support where appropriate.

Examples of support include:

  • Pride nurture unit who specialise in teaching students who find a large academy environment overwhelming
  • Phoenix who provide guidance and one-to-one mentoring to a small number of key stage 4 students
  • Teaching assistants who support young people with additional needs
  • External agencies who supplement our provision in such areas as student health, safety and attendance
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