HIP/HIP2 and PALS

Kingsmead School is committed to supporting students to become independent learners and a number of strategies are in place to support home-learning.

KS3 – a voluntary Homework Club is run in the Library every night after school from 3.30pm-4.30pm (4.15pm on Fridays). This Club is supervised by staff and students have access to computers and support if needed.

If a student shows a pattern of failing to complete home-learning or producing work of a poor quality then s/he will be referred to the Home-learning Intervention programme (HIP). A student may also be referred to HIP if a Learning Director of Department (LDD) detention for home-learning is missed. Attendance is compulsory and the student will work in a quiet, supervised environment for one week every night after school from 3.30pm-4.30pm.

If a student fails to attend a HIP session for no good reason, then s/he will be referred to HIP2 which runs from Wednesday to Fridays from 3.30pm-5.00pm and gives the student the opportunity to work in a supervised environment which is led by a senior member of staff. A letter and a text home will inform parents of student attendance. Parents will be called in for a meeting if the student fails to respond to these strategies.

KS4 – a voluntary Homework Club is run in English every night after school from 3.30pm-4.30pm every night (4.15pm on Friday). Staff are present to supervise and support.

Year 10. Students will be referred to the Programme for Advancing Learning Skills (PALS) if a pattern emerges which shows they are receiving C2s for behaviour or home-learning. PALS runs from Wednesday-Friday every week from 3.30pm-5.00pm and is supervised by the Deputies and Head Teacher. A text will be sent home to inform parents and students have a red slip stapled into their planner.

Year 11 – students are referred to PALS automatically if they receive a C2. A text is sent home and a red slip stapled into the student’s planner.