In its continued drive for improved outcomes for its students, The Ebbsfleet Academy have laid down the gauntlet to a carefully selected group of Year 11 students, who might have been at risk of not achieving their full potential in the predecessor school. From half term, 23 boys and 23 girls will be taught English in single sex classes by Head of Department Mr Case and dynamic young English teacher Miss Dougal.
Last year, the number of students who achieved at least the national benchmark of a C in English increased by 18% and Mr Case says he has no doubt that that this Year 11 cohort can do even better. Mr Case, who joined the Ebbsfleet Academy in September from a London school whose English results improved by 50% in 4 years, says, “teaching single sex classes is nothing new, particularly in Kent where there a number of Grammar Schools, but the approach is practised far less in mixed comprehensive schools. The boys’ classes I’ve taught before have always loved a competitive agenda and the male comradery, and I think at this time of remembrance, it is important that boys embrace how young men have supported each other throughout history and in times of challenge.
Girls typically outperform boys at GCSE and Mr Case says he is determined that the gap will be closed this year, despite the flying start by the girls. “Obviously, as head of department I want nothing more than for all the students to achieve their very best this summer, but I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a bit of friendly competition between Miss Dougal and I. She has already done a fantastic job with the girls and as well as teaching brilliantly, has fostered a learning environment with mutual respect at its core and is proving a fantastic role model for the girls. We’ve definitely got our work cut out, Mr Case continued, particularly as being male, nationwide, seems to be a disadvantage in terms of performance in English, but the boys know what they need to do and are up for the challenge.
Mr Case hopes that interest from the local media will serve to help motivate the students, and we look forward to updating readers on their progress.
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