Outreach - Bridging the Gap
OUTREACH Team – September 2022
The Outreach Team offer a flexible approach to learning and personal development for pupils who, for various reasons, are not able to attend school premises to access their education full-time.
New Park Academy endeavours to reach every individual student, ensuring that they have access to a creative curriculum that stimulates them and helps overcome previous barriers to learning. The programme that is negotiated with the student and parents/carers builds on previous success, even if this means reaching back as far as Primary School, and supports the student in their personal development with the ultimate objective to help them towards a successful transition to post-16 education and/or training. Whilst the student might not cover the whole curriculum, staff work hard to gradually extend the programme and time commitment of the student, working toward externally recognised qualifications wherever and whenever possible. Students are also encouraged to work with external providers to extend their experiences and offer them opportunities in the field of work.
The Outreach Team currently interact with around 25% of the school population, mostly Years 9, 10 and 11. Some pupils are wholly under the supervision of the team, whilst others are partly in school and partly supervised under Outreach Programme initiatives.
What the team does
‘Bridging the Gap’
- Works with disaffected pupils and often complex cases, bridging the gap between home and school.
- Builds relationships with pupils and parents/carers.
- Takes a holistic approach to pupils’ needs, liaising with other professionals (eg: social workers, YJS, family support workers, police, community nurses).
- Offers a flexible approach to pupil development, with learning plans tailored to meet individual needs.
- Enables pupils to combine academic study and vocational training to support them in achieving their potential.
- Supports pupils in a range of environments such as at home or using local facilities such as colleges, libraries, other training centres and vocational placements.
- Works in partnership with a range of alternative provision organisations such as Brighter Futures, Liberty Training, CSIN, City Wall, School of Military, Navigators, Foundation 92 and Academy21/Interhigh to provide pupils with a variety of tailored study and vocational training options.
- Delivers tuition for pupils working toward academic qualifications such as Entry Level, Ascentis Level 1 Awards, Functional Skills Levels 1 and 2.
How we deliver support
EOTAS pupils are assigned to the Outreach Programme and follow the Outreach Strategy for Pupil Development. Each pupil has an individually-tailored programme. We can offer:
- 1:1 tuition on or off-site in English and Maths
- Mentoring: e.g.: personal development, social skills, physical activities, outdoor skills
- Small group sessions on or offsite
- On-line schooling from home via 3rd party provider
- Vocational placements: e.g.: Construction, Animal Care, Hair & Beauty
- Other subjects e.g.: Entry Level Science, Art, IT, Cookery, Music
- Access to counselling, therapeutic art, 1:1 cooking sessions and Speech and Language Therapy Assessments