During 2020-21, NOA worked alongside primary and secondary schools to develop new approaches to inclusive culture and provision to support students who are most vulnerable.
Taking the best learning from offsite Alternative Provision that schools have used in the past, some schools have set up new in-school provision, in parallel with Norfolk County Council’s transformation programme.
Charles Darwin / Norwich Primary Academy : School based Nurture & Support Centre
We will be setting up a school-based nurture centre at each school. These are existing spaces within the schools that will be redesigned to match the needs of pupils. The funding will be used to set up the nurture centres to support the most vulnerable children within each school. There will be some building modifications made to ensure high quality alternative provision can be in place and resourcing costs to ensure that the correct equipment, resources and provision are purchased to enable pupils to continue with their curriculum and additional needs are met.
City Academy Norwich (CAN) : Development of therapeutic and vocational student support alternative provision
At City Academy Norwich we are aware that our largest proportion of our students who need support have social, emotional and mental health related issues. Therefore, we are looking to implement a sensory therapeutic support centre which can deliver activities such as sensory circuit, lego therapy, art therapy and music therapy etc. These interventions will be delivered by our teachers and already qualified inhouse ELSAs. Additionally, we have a member of staff who is a trauma informed therapist who will be delivering such interventions as part of our alternative provision.
We also want to complement the English and Maths work that the students already do with ASDAN courses. We want to provide a range of these to suit individual needs and have success in mapping a pathway for those who are at risk of NEET. The key to this is to prevent those who are at risk of permanent exclusion.
Free School : Forest School
To implement a forest schools provision at school allowing children to provide a positive impact for our vulnerable children who are at a higher risk of internal exclusion due to our formal curriculum. To give children, who don’t all have access to outdoor space at home, the opportunity to access and learn in a flexible environment. Children in years 1-6 will get 1 timetabled slot every week to learn forest schools skills on site. Our green space is limited and as such enrichment of our curriculum doesn’t often use the outdoor space for learning, however with increasing evidence of the positive impact that outdoor learning has upon the social and emotional needs of pupils, it is an extension which we need to offer.
Heart Academy Trust – Henderson, Valley & Heartsease : Bushcraft
Pupils would undertake a 12 week programme of Bushcraft activities working towards achieving a Bushcraft award. As well as teaching the Bushcraft skills, the staff will be trained to deliver Talking Therapy and Nature Nurture within the sessions. Through the activities pupils will develop resilience, team work skills, following instructions, independence, positive self-esteem and problem-solving skills. Activities will include den building, nature detective skills, building shelters, survival skills, navigation skills, basic first aid leading up to fire making (if safe dependent on pupil’s progress)
Hewett Academy : Year 9 Accelerated Learning Unit
Aimed at students in Year 9 who are close to PEX but are there due to a range of social / emotional needs which are compounded by an underlying poor standard of literacy. These students, all boys, display highly challenging behaviour in school that haven’t improved using traditional behaviour management techniques. We want to pilot an alternative – creating a new Accelerated Learning Unit which will blend 3 things:
- Maintenance of the knowledge rich curriculum used in the main school which will allow them to access school when they return to mainstream
- A heavy focus on literacy and improving their reading ages
- Afternoon sessions doing therapeutic / counselling work to really focus on the underlying needs of the students
Ultimately this is designed to ensure those students can go on to access Key Stage 4 rather than a long term provision.
Jane Austen College – Inspire House
The set up of an alternative provision centre, Inspire House. This will serve sixteen Year 7 and 8 students who are struggling with mainstream school due to SEMH needs – predominantly poor self-control and emotional regulation. The centre will provide short-term full-time placements, oriented around re-integration after one or two half-terms. Given this focus on re-integration, students will keep up with their study of English, Maths, Science, History, PE, and PSHE/RSHE.
We aim to make places available to other Norwich schools once the centre is established.
More information – HERE
Locksley School : Intervention Hub
Creating a supportive educational environment for both Primary and Secondary students. This dedicated space will provide a ‘bridge’ for students who are struggling to attend school. Here staff will be able to talk to students about the barriers to accessing school – whilst continuing with their studies (to include core and option subjects).
Interventions will include:
- Support around mental health and overcoming barriers
- Students reconnecting with the school environment and increasing face to face learning
- Building resilience
- Behaviour interventions
- Facilitating workshops for parent / carer engagement
- Equipping staff with the relevant skill set to support all students and taking an holistic approach
Mile Cross Primary : (Alternative Provision for Engagement at Mile X) – Enhanced Forest School
Our aim is to create an Enhanced Forest School intervention (inspired by our Growild placements) for children at risk of exclusion and disengagement. We have a Forest School (FS) Site on Valpy Avenue and employ staff to deliver sessions but staff movement has left us without a qualified lead. By undertaking appropriate FS training, our staff will be equipped to offer a quality provision which will benefit all children at some point in their school life. By completing youth mental health first aid training alongside this and working with our EPIC, our FS staff will also be able to design and deliver an AP offer for identified children. Working in our Forest School site and ‘Nurture Nook’ within the school grounds, FS staff will support children to work through bespoke packages which develop emotional awareness and regulation, social skills, independence and motivation.