Our experience as members of the PTI teaching programme has been very positive, and it has enabled us to set and review specific objectives which have enhanced the teaching and learning of English at Ryde Academy. One example of this is that we have been more adventurous with text choices and have updated our stocks of books. In addition, the English department has taken over the management of the school library, which has been updated and modernised, and all year groups have been encouraged to be wider readers.
We have encouraged our students to appreciate how English enhances both leisure and work life. A group of targetted C/D Year 10 students took part in the Aimhigher English Project in conjunction with the Univerity of Winchester. Those involved really enjoyed the experience, especially the day spent at the university, when they particpated in higher level work shops in creative writing, journalism and drama.
Ryde Academy is a co-educational Academy on the Isle of Wight for students aged 11-18. The Academy has a specialist focus on Languages, Enterprise and Business. It’s English department was awarded the Prince’s Teaching Institute mark in 2012.