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Alternative education

This programme aims to help young people increase their confidence, motivation and development.

The programme runs three days a week from September to July (end of June in year 11). Pupils can attend all three days or as half days depending on their requirements.

The daily hours are the same as schools, but set by each scheme.

One day per week – formal education

Our in-house tutor uses differentiated learning to provide opportunities for all learners to achieve their potential.

Learners have the opportunity to embed their learning throughout the programme. Functional skills in maths, English and ICT are taken throughout the year.

Two days per week – informal education

Youth workers provide a stable environment to build trusting relationships. They use outdoor education for personal development and. Residential education develops team skills and builds trusting relationships.

We can provide short courses that meet the needs of the group. These can include:

  • Sex and relationship education
  • Managing emotions
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Transitional and progression work
  • Crime reduction
  • Healthy lifestyles and healthy eating
  • Living around gangs

The qualifications

We use City and Guilds and Gateway Awarding Centres. We have qualifications that help young people's development and prepares them for further education. These sit under Ofqual and carry credits.

We use Youth Work methods to teach the qualifications, which develop life skills, a sense of community and aspirations.

We also support young people to apply for college and apprenticeships so they have a goal at the end of the year.

Our work is quality assured by our Accreditation Team.

Why refer?

We have over 16 years of experience providing alternative curriculum programmes to young people.

During 2015/16 we recorded:

  • 100% of young people had an intended destination at the end of the programme
  • 90.4% attendance across the programme
  • an improvement in behaviour and attitude of students
  • 100% of young people achieve accredited outcomes (an average of 12 accredited outcomes each)

Make a referral

Refer a young person for alternative education