Sixth Form Progress & Attainment

Jonathan Graham

School: The King Edward VI School

Jonathan Graham

I have worked at The King Edward VI School since joining the teaching profession in 2002 and have aexperience of a number of roles, these being KS3 science coordinator, assistant subject leader in biology, PGCE mentor and my current responsibility as a KS5 year leader which I have held for eight years.

I have had a significant role in the improvement in academic performance and progress in Sixth Form since my appointment in 2008. This role has been diverse and challenging and enormously enjoyable. I have the experience, knowledge and a track record to support other schools in sixth form areas with specific focus on raising attainment and progress through the use of data. During my time in post I have successfully lead of large tutor team in the support of student performance. I have held Subject Leaders to account for their KS5 data and predictions, challenging staff to use data effectively in order to identify and intervene with key students in order to ensure the highest academic attainment and progress. 

Through expert advice and guidance regarding KS5 subject choices, effective tracking and the leading of departmental intervention, the retention rate from Year 12-13 is consistently very high. High quality advice has ensured that the majority of students achieve their first choice university place in addition to significant success at Russell Group Universities. I have undertaken regular external CPD from Newcastle, Durham and Oxford Universities as well as attending focussed input from Medical & Dental schools and attending the national CRAC conferences in order to ensure CIAG is current and applicable to our cohort.

I successfully completed the National College Middle Leaders course in 2012 and our own Senior Leader programme in 2014. I have led whole school projects that evaluated our data tracking and parental reporting systems to ensure that all staff receive timely and focused analysis with a key focus on outstanding achievement but also identifying areas for development.

Finally,  I have developed all aspects of Post 16 leadership, from training tutors to UCAS reference writing, from supporting  emotional and behavioural difficulties to the tracking of student data and most importantly their enjoyment of the Post 16 experience to create young adults ready for their next challenge.