Class Organisation Policy
This policy was created in June 2010 and has been updated January 2014 in light of the school increase in Pupil Admission Number (PAN) from 60 to 75 as of September 2014. The policy explains the long term strategy for class organisation and the principles we operate when children make the transition from one year group to the next:
School is split into 4 phases:
- EYFS – F2 (plus F1 up to 13 morning places from the spring term)
- KS1 – Children in Year 1 and 2
- LKS2 – Children in Year 3 and 4
- UKS2 – Children in Year 5 and 6
- In general children will move through each phase every 2 years.
- Teaching staff make the decision together with senior leaders which children will be in which class. This usually happens in the first half of the spring term for the following autumn term.
- When classes are organised for the next academic year, staff will use their professional judgement and take into account all that we know about the children before they make their decision. Teachers are best placed to know the children and their friendship groups.
- Teachers alter classes/mix children up to benefit the learning experience of our pupils.
- We do our best to take into account the classes children have already been i.e. male teacher, to female teacher and new teacher to experienced teacher.
- Unless there are very exceptional circumstances a child will not be moved into another class during the course of the year.
- Where possible, children who will benefit from this approach will be kept with the same teacher for two years.
- Classes will be arranged in mixed ability cohorts and those children that need accelerating learning or need to catch up will be supported within this arrangement.
- Children may be accelerated or have deferred access to the next year group. This decision will be made in consultation with parents. (not usually within a school year)
- Separate arrangements are in place for children who move from Year 6 to 7.
- In time, all classes at Round Hill will be mixed aged: Year 1/2, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6. This is because the PAN is 75 children.