The Vertical Tutoring Website

Welcome to schools interested in PARADIGMATIC change, i.e., people who want their school's learning reationships to be better but are uncertain about the change process needed. VT is a viable and alternative form of secondary school organisation, one that exposes the assumptions of the same-age hypothesis. You'll find a selection of research papers below to provide a flavour of multi-age organisation, one that maintains same-age teaching groups! 

'One school at a time and a thousand lives made better'
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Barnard, P. A. (2020) Socially collaborative schools; Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, New York, London, and Washington.

(Updated) Multi-age organisation, complexity theory, and secondary school reform

This update (draft sent to publishers Sept 10th. 2021) explains why same-age or grade schools do not have the capacity to develop home-school partnership. Contains issues concerning complexity, capacity, community, culture, collaboration.

This paper explains why schools using a traditional same-age structure cannot be developed into learning organisations

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Short intro to VT