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ACE programmes

ACE programmes are designed to address some of the barriers that prevent young people maximising learning opportunities and developing their potential within formal education settings.

This is a social education programme based on early intervention and targeted primarily at young people in Years 8 and 9 who would benefit from additional support. It offers the opportunity to raise aspirations while developing personal and team skills within a positive, supportive and group environment.

The standard programme

The standard programme is targeted at pupils in Years 8 and 9 who are showing signs of:

  • becoming disaffected
  • finding it difficult to communicate effectively
  • trouble making friend
  • low self-confidence
  • poor attendance and / or attainment levels

This programme runs three days per week, with one day focusing on English and maths. Participants work towards a range of recorded accredited outcomes, evidenced through their portfolios.

Bespoke programmes

We offer two bespoke programmes:

  1. Type one is delivered by experienced staff for one day a week over 12 weeks, usually off campus.
  2. Type two is a complementary education programme that runs one day a week as part of the curriculum, and is also available as a full-year programme.

Participants are encouraged to develop personal and social skills through a challenging range of activities, discussions, team-building exercises and individual support.

A range of accreditations are achieved along with regular evaluations of progress to recognise personal development and achievements.

The current range includes:

  • ASDAN PSD entry level or level 1
  • Gateway qualifications
  • First aid
  • Essex Youth Award
  • Essex Arts Award

The type of programme offered is flexible and your specific requirements should be discussed with the Raising Attainment Professional Youth Worker.

How to apply

Schools are requested to express interest and identify potential participants within the target group. Participants and their parent/carers should be made fully aware of the objectives of the programme and why the pupil is being suggested for referral.

Schools will require parental and participant consent for their inclusion.