To better facilitate student collaborations, the tutoring system in the secondary school at St Paul’s was reformed in 2017 to be structured as a mix of year levels (vertically) rather than partnering students with people simply their own age (horizontally). We are observing that Vertical tutoring has shifted the culture of a traditional school into one which better reflects the workplace – where people are required to work alongside people of various ages, ethnicities and backgrounds.
Vertical tutoring means that, for 20 minutes each day, 18-20 students across Years 7-12 will meet, to help facilitate mentoring and leadership opportunities for students. Each tutor group has two adult tutors – a teacher and non-teacher. This significantly increases the potential for peer -to-peer mentoring while also building stronger partnerships between the tutor, student and parents. Ideally, students remain in the same Tutor Group, with the same principal pastoral carers, for six years, allowing strong relationships to form between the Tutor, co-Tutor, child and parents.