The philosophy and ethos of our department is based on the understanding that each pupil is unique. The concept of neurodiversity informs our thinking and we work with learning differences with an open, accessible, flexible and friendly approach.
Developments in neuroscience have given us a more profound understanding of human individuality. By using an informed and enlightened approach to our pupils’ learning and personal wellbeing, we can provide an education that will enable all our pupils to achieve the highest academic standards.
Problem solving, understanding, fun, no fuss, help, no judgment - the Academic Mentoring Department is just loving and supporting to child and parent. Parent of Lower Sixth student
The Academic Mentoring Department (AMD) at Latymer Upper School is a department of a new type. Unique we are told. The insights gained from current research in universities within the fields of neuroscience, social science, psychology and educational psychology may lead to an enlightened education system and practice to inform 21st century schooling which embrace a more creative approach to teaching and learning.
The department is integral to the academic and pastoral structures of the school in the Prep as well as in the Upper School. Our long term involvement with some of the Prep’s pupils, who may then move up to the Upper School, helps us to establish relationships which eases the transition of these pupils throughout the School.
The department enjoys a close relationship with the Parents' Gild, with whom they regularly hold joint public events, covering a range of relevant issues. Recent guest speakers have given fascinating and informative talks on such subjects as Dyslexia, Asperger's Syndrome and other learning differences.
With a deep understanding of current thinking on learning differences, learning styles, multiple intelligences and mind-sets, the AMD embraces a creative approach to teaching and learning, using assistive technology - iPads, laptops and a range of software - to enhance the academic work of pupils across the age range.
Academic Mentoring Scheme
A major development for our department has been the introduction of our Academic Mentoring scheme. This exciting innovation has greatly enhanced the work of our department.
The scheme operates before and after school where approximately 100 pupils and students participate in the course of a week. This has been highly successful with mentors and mentees deriving huge fulfillment from its personalised nature. Sixth Form students with particular abilities and interests in subject areas work closely with pupils throughout the age range on subject specific topics, study skills. This has become a vital part of the working of the department, providing an excellent opportunity for mentors and mentees to share knowledge and skills.
An unforeseen consequence of this system has been the confidence and expertise that the mentors have experienced as a result of participating in these sessions, which operate before and after school.
The department also runs study skills sessions using memory techniques, mind mapping, revision and exam techniques.
The department has a large staff, with full time teachers, teaching assistants, peripatetic tutors that work closely with academic departments. In this way we are able to enhance the learning of all our pupils.
And there's plenty of fun to be had, alongside the academic tasks! Our department also runs a number of weekly extra-curricular activities which are extremely popular, including Bridge Club - (coached by international players), Origami, Go Club, and Anime/Manga.