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The Endeavour Programme is Bishop Perowne's dedicated provision for more able students across all year groups. It is designed to identify, monitor and support more able students, ensuring that they are sufficiently challenged across the curriculum.
More able students are defined as "those students who secured level five or above in both English and mathematics on leaving primary school". These students are identified through the data provided by our feeder schools and will automatically be enrolled in the Endeavour Programme. In addition, we recognise that some students may make significant progress from Key Stage Three onwards. As such, students who have exceptionally high Present Predicted Grades (PPGs) but who do not fall within the above definition will also be enrolled. Parents and carers of all students involved in the Endeavour Programme will always be informed of this in writing.
All members of teaching staff are fully aware which students are involved in the Endeavour Programme. More able students are challenged and stretched during lessons through the use of bespoke differentiated resources and learning activities. Subject teachers will also identify any particular learning needs which individual more able students may have, providing additional one-to-one support when required. Where a student has received any additional support, parents and carers will always be kept informed.
Beyond their classroom learning, the Endeavour Programme seeks to provide a range of enrichment opportunities for more able students. Many of these are linked directly to curriculum areas, although others may be more generic. Each department in College provides at least one enrichment opportunity per year for more able students. These may include trips and visits, outside speakers visiting College, involvement in regional and national competitions and partnerships with other schools or universities, companies and businesses. Beyond these departmental enrichment opportunities, there are also specific events and visits targeting certain groups of more able students. Examples may include a taster day at Oxford University for year eleven students or a Rocket Science Masterclass at the University of Birmingham for year eight students. A full calendar of the events within the Endeavour Programme is published by early October each academic year.
The performance of more able students is closely monitored at a number of levels. On a day-to-day basis, students are monitored by their subject teachers, who will identify areas of strength and weakness and respond accordingly with appropriate support and intervention.
Each student's tutor also plays an important part in monitoring their attainment as well as their welfare. Tutors particularly provide support if a more able student is struggling to cope with their work or is underachieving in a number of subjects. Beyond this level, each department has a member of staff designated to support more able students. These staff, together with year leaders, monitor all more able students in order to identify and support those at greatest risk of underachievement. At the highest level, the Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for more able students has an overview of all students' performance. Progress data provided by subject teachers each half term is used to identify particular successes or causes for concern amongst more able students. In year ten and eleven, those more able students most at risk of underachievement receive one-to-one mentoring from a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
At all levels of monitoring, parents and carers will always be kept informed of any successes, causes for concern or additional support given. Parents and carers are also warmly invited to contact College and arrange a meeting to discuss their son or daughter's progress.