*resilience *respect *opportunity

High-quality education support services for young people and their schools

Who we are…

Chances is an OFSTED registered, short-term alternative education provision for students facing exclusion.

Our aim is to utilise a combination of education and youth work to re-engage disaffected students, helping them learn the skills and strategies they need to thrive in mainstream education.

We are specialists in building meaningful relationships with young people and the people in their lives and dynamically responding to their needs.

“students have stated how they now enjoyed coming to school, have gained in self-confidence and are helped to understand and control their emotions appropriately.”


We are able to design, in partnership with schools, parents and students, learning plans that incorporate a range of support packages, which can be dynamically adapted to changing situations throughout the student’s journey with us and their reintegration into mainstream education. Packages can include some of the following features:

  • 6-Week – This is our ‘base’ package, from which most bespoke plans are designed, offering 6 weeks (full time) with us in our Dawlish centre.

  • Crisis – This is our package designed to help our partner schools, with who we have a working relationship. aimed at offering support as soon as possible for the student in immediate need. It is rare that this is a ‘first time package’ for new schools.

  • Reintegration – This service aims to support the student in the transition back into mainstream school and usually follows one of our other packages.

  • Outreach – Our outreach package offers support for students outside of one of our buildings. An outreach worker can have sessions with students wherever the student, or school, would find appropriate.

“During their involvement with Chances, students develop better learning habits and many remain in mainstream education.”

Ofsted 2018


*INTEGRITY – Doing what’s right, even when no-one is watching

*RESPECT – Interacting with fairness, kindness and dignity

*DETERMINATION – We give people a second chance, and a third, fourth, fifth…

*COLLABORATIVE – Doing great things together and with others

*ACCOUNTABLE – Managing risk, taking responsibility and being accountable to each other and our stakeholders

*DYNAMIC – Creating fun and a little bit of weirdness

We believe that every young person has within them the ability to reach their potential but they face some unique challenges during these times. We work with schools to identify the different ways that we could support both the student and the school at which they are enrolled so that through better understanding a solution can be found to ensure a successful educational journey.

While we aim to help a range of students with varying needs, we have had particular success with young people who:

  • Have low attendance at school
  • Struggle with anxiety and/or low mood
  • Are causing concern as a result of gang membership or similar
  • Are at risk of CSE
  • Display challenging behaviours and times of distress

Qualified teachers and highly skilled Youth Workers provide a programme for students who are experiencing behavioural or emotional difficulties and are therefore at a risk of exclusion. Our smaller class sizes and highly-skilled staff team allow us to challenge students who are disengaging from education, identify barriers to learning and equip them with the necessary skills of resilience and self-management that they need to succeed.

The unique and effective combination of education and youth work is fundamental in providing the high standard of education your student deserves whilst addressing the underlying social, emotional and behavioural issues that are impeding their success at school.

We have printed copies available on request, but for transparency, all policies can be found here

How can we help?

We don’t only support individuals in our centre, we can also ask our outreach workers to help you at your school. If you have concerns about a group of students, or your capacity/ability/skills to tackle a particular issue, please check out our school’s section  or contact us to see how we could help.


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