In order for pupils to achieve their potential, academically, socially and emotionally, we do at times provide alternatives in addition to the main curriculum. Within school we might offer some 1:1 or small group work with one of the school’s intervention Team. We also have links with King Edward VII College, Forest Way School, outside agencies and Thringstone Primary School enabling pupils either to gain confidence through learning a new skill or to develop communication skills and empathy through helping pupils in a different setting. YISP
The Youth Inclusion and Support Project works with young people between
the ages of 8 and 16 who are identified as being at risk of offending.
The preventative worker will then work with the child and their family
to support the delivery of the plan and reduce the young person’s risk
of becoming involved in offending. Referrals to the YISP can be made by
any agency with consent from the parent/carer and the young person. On
referral, young people are allocated to a preventative worker who
undertakes an assessment of their needs. The YISP Preventative Workers
also deliver group work programmes in school to young people identified
by the school as at risk of offending or at risk of exclusion.
Sessions for any of these provisions are set within the school day and could be for one lesson a week or even for half a day each week. We currently buy-in to two schemes for pupils to be regularly educated off-site: Forest Schools: A scheme run by the LA for pupils close to exclusion. Youngsters learn practical skills in woodland management alongside developing team working skills and self-esteem. Sessions are for one day a week. Youth Team: A small group of pupils work with members of the Youth Team at their local hub. Activities will include teamwork, raising self-esteem, gardening, photography and arts and crafts. Sessions are for one morning a week for a term.
“ACE’ creates the opportunity for learners to achieve personal and social development through the achievement of ACE Awards and Qualifications, enhancing self-esteem, aspirations and individual contribution to local, national and global communities. ”Pupils in years 8 and 9 follow this alternative programme, taught by various members of the Newbridge staff in order to build up a portfolio with the aim of gaining a nationally awarded certificate. There are various levels of certification that can be built on after transfer to upper school. The pupils at Newbridge who follow this programme are usually on the special needs record.
The school runs a Breakfast Club for all pupils and it is a friendly meeting place for many pupils.
A small number of pupils benefit from link work at our local special school. They develop communication skills and empathy in teaching and helping other pupils.
These sessions help pupils to realise that getting a good education and qualifications can be the best way for them to realise the lifestyle they want in the future. They learn to set targets and action plan, working towards them with guidance on behaving well and supporting each other. The sessions are often led by sports people using a coaching theme in line with the Newbridge sports specialism
Pupils get 1:1 or small group support to realise how their actions in the past, reacting to emotions have not helped them get through situations. They learn and practice strategies to improve how they manage their emotions and are rewarded and praised for doing so.
Pupils get together with others to sort out a problem or to talk about an issue supervised by an adult in the pastoral team. They are given space to think and must take turns to listen to each- others’ views, including pupils being able to describe their feelings. Friendship difficulties and misunderstandings are often sorted out in this way
Pupils are invited to take part in this short course that teaches manipulative and organisational skills in a small group environment. Pupils make new friends and learn to trust and help each other. This course is often valued by pupils who are struggling with larger
classes and stresses.
This course is by invitation only for pupils who want to raise their self- esteem and confidence. Pupils learn to help and trust each other in a small group offering personal care to each other and learning to feel good about themselves. They learn useful skills.