Sharing practice

Role of the key adult - secondary examples

A female teacher helping a girl in a class of early secondary children

In the following examples of practice which demonstrate universal support in secondary settings, the role of the key adult has been developed in different ways to suit the context of the school. After reading, you may wish to consider the following reflective questions:

  • Does the curriculum structure in our school provide regular opportunities for every child or young person to discuss their learning with an adult who knows them well?
  • What training or professional development opportunities would be required to ensure all staff are equipped to meet this role?

Tutor/mentoring programme

A male teacher and teenage boy looking at work together

One voluntary tutor programme involves 50 members of staff, each supporting a caseload of pupils in setting targets and assessing progress.

Vertical form class, form tutor programme

Female teacher and two teenage girls

Find out how one secondary school transformed the traditional registration slot into a 'Homeroom' for a mix of pupils from S1 to S6.

Horizontal form class, form tutor programme

Two teenage girls listening in a lesson

Form class leaders develop positive attitudes and core values through building strong relationships with their year groups.