Vertical Tutoring - Explained

Vertical tutoring (VT) is a not a new thing – many schools have moved to a VT system.  It is about more than a reorganisation of pastoral systems – although this is one of the starting points.  Why change?

When done well, a VT system offers an effective way to run a school because it is about improving relationships between all members of the school community - teachers, students and parents – and focusing these relationships on learning. It provides students and parents with a tutor who will know them throughout their time at school. 

Below is an outline of some of the key benefits attributed to it: 


Key benefits:

  • The creation of a structure which would enable all students to support and coach each other.
  • A culture where it is 'cool to learn' – high self-esteem and high expectations throughout the school community.
  • More effective tutoring and a clear focus on progress towards higher attainment.
  • Students contributing to their own individual learning plans and being part of setting and reviewing their own targets.
  • The creation of smaller tutor groups – so that the tutor can give more valuable time to students at certain stages during their learning journey.
  • Access to high quality study support and advice and guidance within the school, plus support from external agencies where needed.
  • A house system used successfully for sport and other activities to promote a sense of belonging and healthy competition.
  • Parents and families having one point of contact in the school.
  • Providing a mix of ages which promotes a family ethos, active citizenship and positive relationships.
  • The release of the potential of the school's most important assets - teachers, students and parents.
  • The provision of a structure in which personalisation can be achieved.
  • Placing learning conversations and support for teaching and learning at the heart of the tutor system.
  • Providing student voice through opportunities for coaching and student leadership.
  • Using tracking to identify and support appropriate intervention when needed.


We hope that you will join with us in taking the school forward and making it an even better place for your sons and daughters to work and achieve their potential.

If you have any questions please contact:

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to find out how Vertical Tutoring works at Cape Cornwall School

Ms D Long
Heads of House
Heads Of House Mrs D Ash, Mrs A Short & Mr P Ward

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Tel: 01736 788501