Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A New Approach to Writing; SPONSOR'S MESSAGE

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A New Approach to Writing; SPONSOR'S MESSAGE

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REDCAR Academy, as part of the Trust4Learning, is pioneering a new approach to writing.

The process of discussing, planning and writing texts has been used in primary schools in the area for the past year and they have seen some incredible results in pupils' writing ability.

Working with two local primary schools, the academy's year 7 pupils have started to follow the Talk4Writing structure. This has involved students researching the issues of climate change, discussing the topic, planning and ultimately writing an explanation of the effects of climate change.

By visiting primary schools and working closely with primary teachers, the transition from primary to secondary will be much smoother for the students and will enable them to continue the progress made in their primary schools, once they join the academy.

Not only is Redcar Academy focused upon building upon the skills of students joining us, but we have a significant focus upon building the skills students need to be successful in life after school. The Academy's CLIC program (CLIC standing for Creativity, Life Skills, Independence and Collaboration) focuses upon creating opportunities for those key skills to be developed in the context of Careers, Health and Citizenship - in "drop down days" where the day to day curriculum is paused.

Students and staff take part in some exciting and innovative days which allow students to showcase their hidden talents and activities which inspire and motivate students to actively take part in school life.

Students and staff have organised, implemented and taken part in whole school events such as the Christmas Fair which raised PS400 for charities. Students have described the day as, "fun, useful and a fantastic opportunity to work with others".

It is the direct results of work through such programs as CLIC and our on-site fully qualified careers advisor, that Redcar Academy develops students ready for the next stage in their life.

All of last year's school leavers secured a place and enrolled on a college course, training provision, or apprenticeship at the beginning of the academic year.

Redcar Academy works closely with transition mentors in the local colleges and the local Nu-Traxx team to ensure additional support is given to those students that may struggle with the transition to post 16 education and training. …

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