The Lester Vaughn School is seeking to correct a major Maths and English problem at the St Thomas learning institution.
Students seemingly have had difficulty grasping both subjects, with the entire first year failing Maths last year.
Therefore, Acting Principal Tanya Harding said the school would employ a creative method to help reverse the problem.
“We recognized that was a problem and we put . . . two teachers in a classroom to teach the children for all the first forms. So, this year each first form class has two Maths teachers and two English teachers. While one does teaching the other is making sure they understand and so on,” Harding said.
The school has also partnered with Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited to construct a remedial learning centre where students will receive specialized teaching, focusing on their weak areas.
“We decided that we would have a specialist room. We would have activities, train the teachers to work with students who are having problems, as well as other students because all of our students can use room for improvement in their English. Obviously with just two rooms, the rooms would have to be booked via the English and Maths teachers. But we are hoping that all the students, all the Maths students and all the English students, will be able to take turns to be in the room,” she said.
“It will be equipped . . . [for] special activities because [while] in most of the classrooms there are just tables and chairs, in this classroom, there will be some flexibility. If teachers wanted [the students] to work in groups, they can have a group formation in the classroom. If they wanted to put the chairs, the desk in a circle then they can do that as well. There will be a lot of posters permanently placed there as well as a board where the teacher could change the posters according to what they are teaching,” the acting principal added.
Harding suggested that the pupils were performing below the required standard because they did little to no reading.
However, she said, the school also planned to tackle this challenge head on, beginning with special sessions for teachers.
“ Our next session with the first form teachers will be about study sessions, so we really are trying to get children with specific problems to improve [but] we want the entire school reading more,” Harding said.