Teaching A-level pupils “skills for learning”

Ashby School are investigating whether a skills for learning course supports the academic attainment of Year 12 A-level pupils with relatively low prior attainment.


Ashby School have noted that pupils progressing to A-level with relatively low prior attainment (GCSE APS 40-46) make significantly lower progress than their more able peers and achieve poorer outcomes than similar students nationally. They hypothesise these pupils may be struggling to adapt to the independent, self-motivated study required at A-level, and that the additional support and intervention many of these pupils received during GCSE studies may not have not equipped them with the skills required to be successful at A-level.


A-level pupilswith relatively low prior attainment will be taught the non-subject specific “skills for learning” required to be successful at A-level, including motivation, organisation, resilience, self-study and revision skills. This will be delivered through a series of sessions over one term:

  • one-day inspirational launch conference
  • ten twilight sessions delivered weekly by lead teachers
  • fortnightly mentoring with a Year 13 mentor.

Lead school

  • Ashby School, Ashby-de-la-Zouche


  • 15 months – report due October 2018

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