The end of the school year, when assessments are complete, can often be marked by a reduction in work by students, a reduction in learning opportunities, and a sense of biding time before the holidays. Step Up programs where students get a taste of the year ahead by entering into classes for two to four weeks has been common practise in many schools for a number of years.
Benefits of Step Up programs include: establishment of academic rigour, improved student attendance rates, stimulated student learning opportunities, assessment of students’ abilities prior to the beginning of the next year, having a solid foundation prior to the holiday period with a purposeful holiday homework program embedded.
The beginning of the academic school year sees students and staff alike settled and focussed on their learning and teaching, free from the distractions often associated with the settling in phase of the new year.
Step Up 2017 to 2018