Outreach Teachings forms part of the graduated model of provision at Highfields, introduced in 2018, to ensure all students receive a regular education. The provision of Outreach Teaching serves as a ‘last resort’ measure for a small minority of students who are not accessing education. The placing of students on Outreach is only made where there is substantial evidence the student will not be able to engage regularly in education within the main building or PM Groups – the placement is only made with agreement of parent/carer.
The first-contact for this area is:
Miss C.Wilson, Senior Teacher – 0161 406 7922/ firstname.lastname@example.org
The aims of area are as follows:
- Provide 1-to-1 teaching / access to education for students who have persistent non-attendance and/or repeated episodes of high-agitation and conflict within the main building and PM Groups.
- Provide a time-limited intervention of ‘focused respite’ in terms of breaking cycles of conflict, often rooted in high-anxiety and fight responses – particularly where this cycle is currently entrenched and exacerbated by negative peer groups.
- Formulate a programme of mentoring that will make inroads into a young person’s perspective of themselves, others and the value of learning.
- Provide the opportunity for our most disengaged students to have regular contact with a school professional with expertise in SEMH – allowing for their welfare to be regularly monitored and where necessary, for the referral on to other agencies.
- Establish / re-establish working relationships between staff at Highfields and the young person.
- Establish / re-establish working relationships between school professionals, family and any outside agencies.
- Provide an alternative educational environment that will likely lead to more successful outcomes in terms of a young person’s welfare, continuity of experience of education and the achievement of some qualifications rather than no qualifications.
- Provide a regular contact with Highfields staff who can assist with research, correspondence and decisions around careers.
How? When? Where?
Students are referred into Outreach Teaching via an internal referral form. From there, a 1-to-1 programme of delivery is devised by Miss Wilson in agreement with the student, parent/carer and any other involved parties. This agreement is based on the following principles:
- Outreach Teaching will take place in a safe, CCTV-monitored, public building within easy reach of the student’s home. This will usually be a library or café. Prior agreement will have been made with the managers of the building for this to take place.
- The student, parent/carer and Outreach Teacher will sign a ‘working agreement’ outlining expectations, acceptable conduct and commitments.
- The student will meet for a regular slot for an agreed amount of sessions each week – 3 to 5 sessions initially.
- The focus will be on English and Maths – focusing on Entry Level and Functional Skills qualifications.
- A log will be kept of all sessions.
- Where the working agreement is being repeatedly broken / not fulfilled, this will be referred to the Directors of Progress, SLT and any regularly involved agency – an education planning meeting will be called to review to the provision in place. Highfields reserves the right to withdraw this provision at this point.
The students follow a specific curriculum which is outlined here: PM Groups and Outreach Curriculum Overview 20 – 21
More detailed summaries of schemes of work for KS4 can be accessed here: KS4 Schemes of Work Summaries.