Academic Progress

Academic progress is at the heart of what we do at Nexus.

We aim to work in partnership with parents and carers to help students to be the happiest they can be at school and to help them to make the maximum progress.

The academic programme has been designed to encourage your child to take a broader view of their subjects and add depth to their understanding. In lessons students are encouraged to discover new ideas and implement them in real life situations while exploring the breadth and depth of each subject. While practice and repetition is an important part of learning, these activities will be limited in lessons and students are expected to undertake independent work alongside their lessons.

How to help your child:

  • Support your child to spend any free homework time preparing revision and reviewing materials from the work they have covered in lessons. Having these materials already prepared will help enormously as they get nearer to the end-of-semester tests.
  • Help your child identify which areas of different topics they need to work on using the checklists provided for each topic. These checklists are a reminder for your child of the work they have covered in the topic so are useful for making sure they are confident with all the material.
  • Encourage your child to start early with their revision and to check with their teachers if there are areas of the topic they need some extra support in.
  • Remind your child that they are not expected to be perfect! They can only do their best – each lost mark in a test is something to learn from.

How we will help your child:

As part of the academic programme we have put an intervention system in place to help students when they need it. The intervention has been split into three levels, each of which will offer increasing levels of support:

  1. Boost packs of key work and topics to be completed at home in addition to homework. Topics will be identified by class teachers.
  2. Boost packs will be completed during co-curricular time with the support of a teacher.
  3. An additional evening of intervention with specific tasks based on one or two subjects.

Following each assessment point we will assess the intervention need for students and communicate this with parents and guardians. Intervention is designed to be a supportive environment for students to improve.