I am excited about my son going to his secondary school in September. We had the first of a few transfer meetings this Thursday and met an inspiring young maths teacher who told us that he gives up his Saturday mornings to work with GCSE students who are scoring E and F grades in order to bring them up to C grade and above. It's been working because his class scored highly in their recent GCSEs. He is mad passionate about maths and was pleased to have my son join the school because he's currently doing well in maths. He speculated that he could get him doing A Level by the time he's in Year 11!
He was clearly a great teacher: he gets the students to teach each other key concepts. There's a huge amount of evidence that shows that students are their own best teachers and that they learn the most when they do this: Dylan William's
research shows this most clearly.
But it just shows you the great work that some state schools are doing: this school is one of the most improved in the country, with over half the students on Free School Meals, 30% more than the national average.