Engage is a new provision that was launched in September 2020. The main purpose is to provide an environment that supports students who struggle to access the mainstream classroom on a full-time basis.
This could be for a reason relating to any of the 4-broad areas of need outlined within the code of practice.
Pupils who attend this provision include:
- Students who are working significantly below age expected in their core subjects, who would benefit being taught in a smaller group.
- Students returning from being Electively Home Educated.
- Students returning from alternative provision.
- School refusers or those with a high level of school anxiety.
- Students who are at risk of leaving school with few or no qualifications.
The staff in Engage include:
- The SENDCo, who delivers English and Maths lessons to students in KS3. The whole school KS3 curriculum is followed for these lessons.
- A HLTA who is responsible for the day-to-day logistics of the provision and delivers entry level and functional skills intervention and overlearning to KS4 students.
- A teaching assistant who delivers targeted intervention and over-learning in Science.
- A teaching assistant who delivers targeted intervention and over-learning in English.
- An ELSA who delivers targeted SEMH provision.
- 1-1 and small group sessions are also delivered by a science teacher, a maths teacher and the head of geography.
Within the Engage provision the following qualifications are taught:
- Maths and English are taught to KS3 learners according to the National Curriculum
- Entry level and functional skills maths and English is taught to KS4 students
- ASDAN qualifications are delivered on: beliefs and values, personal finance, living independently, gardening, food-wise, animal care and road safety.
Within in Engage the following provisions are available:
- The Engage provision is a quiet environment, separated into Zones to allow for students to take part in small group lessons, independent learning activities, 1-1 interventions and life skill activities.
- There is a separate access in to Engage, which parents can use to bring students with school-related anxiety into school in the morning.
- Calm Brain intervention is delivered every morning within Engage to help students get ready for the school day.
- The Engage students have access to a gardening plot and the food room to complete life skill activities.
All Engage students remain part of their small school, they attend a variety of lessons within the main school and continue to access whole school provisions for social times, assemblies and school competitions.