The Alternaitive School 2010/11 Brochure


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The Alternaitive School 2010/11 Brochure

  1. 1. Supported By Programme 2010/11 Approved Outdoor Activity Provider in - Accrington & Rossendale Pendle (various) At TAS, we have the flexibility to deliver a wide range of activity / creative projects and workshops to schools, community organisations and youth organisations. Courses accredited through Edexcel, Trinity College and the Duke of Edinburgh Award. When do we work? Daytime, evenings, weekends and school holidays.
  2. 2. An alternative approach to education What is The Alternative School? Now in our fourth year, The Alternative School (known as TAS) was set up to offer alternative education for those young people who are not making progress within a school environment. We are different because we are able to offer a totally unique and flexible programme that is tailored around the specific needs of each individual young person. Young people are referred to TAS from a variety of places including local schools,Y.P.S., PRU’s, Police,Youth Offending Team, Social Services, Family Support and often self referral from friends or other young people that they know. Each young person referred to TAS will work to a timetable that has been designed around them, has also been designed with their input and is 100% personal to that young person. The timetable will vary greatly for each young person and will include a high percentage of one-to-one work with additional team projects and activities to help build confidence, team working and social skills. Each young person will have the opportunity to build their own portfolio, partake in both indoor and outdoor activities and achieve qualifications and certificates that are relevant to them. At TAS we aim to take a more holistic approach and support both the personal and educational needs of young people, helping them to overcome a wide range of barriers and develop themselves into well rounded young individuals.
  3. 3. Attending FULL-TIME at TAS Individual timetable to suit the young person 1:1 support, advice and career guidance TAS Curriculum Modules (Maximum class size of 4) Literacy / Numeracy / ICT or G.C.S.E.`s (Edexcel Accredited) 1 Full day of sport / BTEC accredited Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Bronze or Silver College visits, taster days and voluntary work Counselling Sessions, 1:1 Mentors,Y.P.S. Personal Advisor TAS Adventurous Activity Programme (AQA Accredited) Abseiling, Canoeing, Kayaking, Archery, Caving, Mountain Biking, Street Dance, Fishing, Raft Building, Rock Climbing, Gorge Scrambling, Football Skills, ‘DJ’ing and Kick Boxing. Pupils obtain at least 3 qualifications + portfolio of work, and positive progression onto F.E. Attending PART-Time at TAS Support school studies Ideal as a stand alone programme or part of a reintegration package back into school, available for years 9, 10 and 11 1:1 support with class work / homework Gain additional qualifications Confidence & Self Esteem building TAS Adventurous Activities programme Counselling, Bullying, Mediation work-shops Peer Mentoring Programme Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
  4. 4. TAS Adventurous Activities Ideal for a group of pupils requiring an additional qualification and motivational support Can be booked for a specific group for a specific term Collection and Drop off in TAS minibus TAS Qualified Staff Ratio 1:4 pupils Includes all equipment, clothing hire, lunch Accredited Qualification (AQA / Sports Leaders Award, D of E) Portfolio of work & evidence Activities available as an introduction course or can be booked by each activity leading to progression in that area. (Schemes of work and lesson plans available) Caving Abseiling Canoeing Kayaking Archery Safer Cycling Course Mountain Bike Leadership Raft Building Rock Climbing (inside and out ) Gorge Scrambling Walking (Geocache Trails)
  5. 5. Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver or Gold Award Why not add the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze, Silver or GOLD Award to your C.V.? Available as an After School Club, during School as part of a Personal Development programme, during Summer Holidays, Weekends or Evenings – please ask if you have an idea for your group of young people. Bronze Award min of 13 yrs. + approx. 9 months to complete Silver Award min of 13 yrs. + approx. 12 months to complete Gold Award min of 16 yrs + approx. 18 months to complete All young people completing the Duke of Edinburgh’s award will receive a certificate for each section completed, a framed final certificate, photographic evidence for their portfolio, Duke of Edinburgh badge, portfolio of work and will be invited to a presentation evening.
  6. 6. TAS Family Activities and Camping Activity days with the aim of building and improving family relationships All activities planned with specific aims and objectives to meet the individual needs / requirements of each family circumstances Initial assessment meeting and getting to know one another (family & instructors) Can be organised as a one day course, or series of days Confidence building, team work, self esteem activities / workshops Can be booked for groups or individual families Collection and Drop off in a minibus TAS staff + AALA accredited activity instructor Includes all equipment, clothing hire, lunch professional photo, summary of the day, suggestions for how to continue to build and improve family relationships Indoor and Outdoor activities / camping available
  7. 7. 1:1 Tutoring / Study Support Why not excel in your school work or try something new? 1:1 support with homework Help with Maths & English Gain an additional qualification as well as your chosen options Prepare a professional C.V. and apply for part-time jobs Access to I.C.T. and learn new skills Write and produce a mini film with your friends Learn how to set up your own business
  8. 8. Mountain Bike Leadership & Safer Cycling Specific course written to encourage cycling for all ages, groups of friends, families etc. Options available - Bike maintenance course using own bike (AQA accredited) Help with obtaining funding / sourcing second hand bikes Bike ability course (Cycling Proficiency) (accredited) Mountain Bike leadership course (accredited) The above to include bike hire, helmets, transport to and from different mountain bike tracks / locations
  9. 9. Community Workshops Creative Workshops delivered to groups within the community - E.g. Graffiti Art, Mosaics, Face Painting, Pottery Painting, Glass Painting, T Shirt Design, Kite Making, Jewellery Making, Henna Tattoos, Knitted Bags, Candle making + lots more Improves - Community Cohesion Confidence Self Esteem
  10. 10. “ TAS helped me to sort my life out and get me back on track, I don`t know where I would be without them.” (pupil, 2009/10 – now mentoring at TAS) What else did we do at TAS? Film Production, Camping, Street dance, City Visits, Pottery, Volunteering, Football Coaching, Graffiti Art, Photography, Professional Photo Shoot, Fashion Project, Informative Work-shops, Independence Skills We learnt how to feel good about ourselves, be confident and had FUN doing it.
  11. 11. Supported by Our Principles The TAS strategy is built on five principles: 1) Support We will stick with helping young people even when they are at their most challenging. We will hang in there and support and guide them into making positive life choices. Sometimes it is a long process and young people need to know that we will always be available to support them. 2) Educate We will provide a unique, individualised, FUN and enjoyable, yet challenging and rewarding education experience of the highest attainable standard. 3) Encourage Independence We will concentrate on encouraging young people to take responsibility for their own learning and personal development by helping them to build their own unique portfolio of achievements, experiences, enabling them to see their own true worth. We will support all TAS young people through the difficult transition stage from school onto life post 16, whether into full-time education, training or employment and will continue this support throughout their journey for as long as it is required. 4) Inspire and Motivate We believe that ALL young people can achieve fantastic results. We will help to facilitate this by providing relevant qualifications that are recognised by both employers and further education providers, supported by a wide range of adventurous outdoor activities and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award that will help ensure TAS young people progress into a positive place upon leaving. We believe in `life long learning` and will support this ethos by providing flexible and supportive learning packages, available for all young people, from all backgrounds. 5) Partnership Working We can not do all of this on our own, but need to work with and through others in order to multiply our impact. The statements below define the activities we will undertake in pursuit of our vision- We will: Create and deliver an alternative curriculum for young people which is innovative, holistic, encourages positive progression and promotes independence. Provide advice and support to young people, sign posting to other agencies whilst hand-holding through this process. Work only with organisations which work with young people to ensure they are listened to and their individual needs met. Copyright © The Alternative School Ltd 2007-2009
  12. 12. For more information please contact or 01282 851800 07717 525 306