Lucy's story, Challenge the Gap

"In one year, Lucy made 5 levels of progress in English to achieve a C at GCSE, and 4 levels of progress in maths to achieve a B". 

Lucy was a well-behaved student with an admirable work ethic, but she lacked the vocabulary and the confidence to explain herself well, and frequently asked for support with her work.  She was shy and didn’t work well in groups.

Getting to know Lucy through Challenge the Gap, we realised that she learnt better through visual explanations.

We introduced her to mind-maps, memory cards and subject mats. We taught her to use techniques to help her push through difficulty. Lucy began to use a thesaurus to develop her vocabulary, and regularly tested her spelling with word lists. She was also paired with a sixth-form mentor to build her confidence, her organisation skills and to talk about her goals for the future.

In one year, Lucy made 5 levels of progress in English to achieve a ‘C’ at GCSE, and 4 levels of progress in maths to achieve a ‘B’. She exceeded expectations to achieve 5 A*-C GCSEs, including English and maths. She is now studying Art, English and Religious Studies at sixth form.

 

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