Chances Educational Support Centre is an alternative education service based in Dawlish, Devon. It offers students a tailored education designed to meet individual needs and nurture the skills needed to improve life chances and realise potential. Its highly skilled staff do all that they can to help the students develop their self-esteem, confidence and self-worth, thereby assisting them with their engagement both in the classroom and in their own communities. Chances aims to ensure that the young people entrusted to its care are ready for the ever-growing demands of a complex society.
At Chances we believe that everything we do should be centred around the young people. Our unique blend of education and youth work creates a happy, safe and supportive environment where students can be stretched and challenged academically, have fun, and come to understand the intrinsic rewards of engaging with their learning. We understand that students make mistakes and we support them to learn from them in a school where good behaviour and manners are as important as academic success.
We are committed to improving the life chances of all students at Chances by seeking to remove any barriers to learning but keeping the consistency and fairness that they will need when moving forward. Working together with the students’ ‘home’ schools is very important to us as we know it is essential in helping with a successful reintegration back into mainstream education after we have helped the students find their love for learning once again.
Chances has a strong ethos informed by a set of core values. We believe that learning ‘Resilience and Respect lead to greater Opportunity’.
Our Chances Promise.
We are a school where students are encouraged to:
- Develop skills and behaviours which lead to better learning outcomes
- See learning as fun, recognise their own progress and know that they can succeed
- Recognise their own talents and strengths and persevere where they experience difficulty
- Grow in confidence, know themselves better, develop personal resilience and positively contribute to the life of the school
- Keep themselves safe, be respectful of others and their environment