Advisory & Pastoral Care


The Advisory is a unique approach to education and one which draws upon best practice from Primary and International School systems. The Advisory is a pod/class of 25-30 students with two ‘Advisor’ teachers attached. The same teacher supports students within their Advisory lessons and for elements of their Core, Exploratory and Extended curriculum. This is so that Advisors, as both teacher and mentor, have a thorough understanding of each individual in their care, building strong and long-lasting relationships.

The Advisor remains fixed throughout the student’s time at IAG ensuring the development of an ever deeper and productive learning relationship. This approach aids transitions between primary and secondary and maintains a strong relationship between students and adult. Within an Advisory session the following occurs across a week;

  • The advisor will mentor individuals and their Team, guiding their social, emotional and academic development

  • The advisor will facilitate our approach to shared daily reading and to cultural exchange

  • The advisor will monitor a student’s progress, their e-portfolio and help learners to shape their Personalised Learning Plan 

  • The advisor will support students in the completion of their personal study and Individual Project as they move into the Professional Pathways Programme

  • The advisor will deliver our Global Citizenship curriculum (PSHE and SMSC)

Above all the Advisor is a fixed point of reference for students, parents and guardians. It makes communication within and with our school much easier than in most and supports our commitment to democracy and transparency.

If you have a question about your child’s progress and overall wellbeing please contact one of your child’s Advisors.

If you believe your child has SEND

If you believe your child has SEND, please contact our SENCO, Ms C Harvey.


Safeguarding at IAG

Everybody at IAG is dedicated to make sure all our students are safe in school, at home, online and in the community. Our staff are here to keep young people safe and secure and to promote their personal safety and wellbeing.

Our Child Protection Statement says:

We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all students. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of different types of abuse and follow our procedures to ensure children receive effective support, protection and justice

Our commitment to safeguarding leads us to ensure children and young people foster security, confidence and independence. IAG has a duty of care to its students and families and the right to take reasonable action to ensure the welfare and safety of them.  If a member of staff has cause to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or any other form of abuse, the Academy will follow all relevant child protection procedures and inform other agencies where necessary in the local authorities.

IAG has got a Designated Safeguarding Lead and a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead who deal with all cases of safeguarding and who keep in regular communication with other agencies. Both undergo regular training to keep up to date with all statutory requirements and latest developments.

IAG uses CPOMS to record all safeguarding issues.

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All Academy staff and volunteers receive relevant safeguarding training upon starting in the Academy and are given updates where appropriate. The safeguarding training is delivered by the DSL and DDSL.

If you have a concern that a student at IAG is being harmed, is at risk of harm, or you receive a disclosure (intentionally or unintentionally) you must contact one of the designated safeguarding leads immediately. You will find the names of these members of staff on the Academy’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.

A list of training that all Academy staff and governors have received is as follows:


  • Keeping Children Safe in Education safeguarding training

  • Hays online safeguarding

  • Prevent Duty

  • FGM

  • Safer recruitment


  • Keeping Children Safe in Education safeguarding training

  • Hays online safeguarding

  • Prevent Duty

  • FGM

Disclosure & Barring Checks

IAG meets statutory requirements in relation to Disclosure & Barring Service – all staff and volunteers who work with IAG who meet the ‘regulated activity test’ (Freedoms Act 2012) are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to employment.