“Chances” is the recognised and trusted name for Alternative Education Services in Devon.
At Chances we help young people, who are disengaging with their education, to learn the skills they require so that they can thrive in mainstream education.
Our aim is to improve a young person’s behaviour, attendance and achievement from poor to outstanding over the short period of time that they attend. We aim to achieve this through a mixture of quality youth work, care and teaching. The guidance and support put in place for the students is exceptional and very well matched to their individual needs.
We deliver our services from 2 purpose-built youth centres in South Devon (Newton Abbot and Dawlish) and schools from the South Hams, Exeter and West Devon refer into our services. We have been established for nearly 15 years, built up a trusted reputation and always strive for the best outcomes for young people and our partner schools. Check out our different options for support below.
Our 6 week package is our standard package that aims to give young people a break from mainstream education, in order to focus on their behaviour. We will work intensively with the young people so that by the end of 6 weeks we will be aiming to reintegrate them back to their school, supporting them all the way.
A Bespoke package can be suited to any specific needs of the young person, the school, or the parents/carers. The package will be tailored around the needs of the young person, the needs of the school, and any needs or requests from the parent/carers.
The outreach package is based around supporting young people in their mainstream schools. By sending a staff member to support the young person in lesson, they can observe and support them without removing them from the environment they need to be able to thrive in.
Contact us with any questions you may have but also check out our FAQ
No, we can only accept referrals from schools.
Chances starts at 9am and finishes at 3pm.
A key worker is the staff member that works on a 1-2-1 basis with your young person. They will meet with your young person on a regular basis to determine how they are doing, whether or not they have any concerns and so on. Once your young person begins reintegrating back into mainstream school, the key worker will support them in this transition.
Reintegration is a student’s transition from Chances back to their school. The speed of a reintegration will be decided in a reintegration meeting.
We ask for schools to send us work for the students that they refer to us. During times where no work is provided, we will assign our own work which is tailored to the student’s academic ability.
Yes. We require a referral form before we can begin any form of engagement with a young person.
Please contact us to enquire about any costs.
depending on the student, they can either attend an exam back at their mainstream school or attend their exam with us.
We ask that you wear the correct uniform that your school asks you to wear. If you are not sure on what this is exactly, please ask and we will let you know.
Yes. If you receive free school meals from your mainstream school then you will still receive them at Chances.
Yes. However, they are not allowed in lesson and must be handed in at the start of every lesson. They will be handed back to you at the end.
Both the canteens we order our food from can cater to anyone’s particular dietary needs. Make sure you mention this to whoever is ordering the food and we will ask for you.
“Chances has been very accommodating towards my child’s wide range of needs, from supplying vegan food to supporting his mental health recovery”
“The staff at Chances take the time to get to know you as a person and dont see you as just another student. My key worker helped me to get past issues i was having with other people and supported me when i made mistakes”
“The outreach package is invaluable to schools; being able to bring 121 support into the lessons is a big help”