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*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.”

BESPOKE EDUCATION SUPPORT

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

AT A GLANCE

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

*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

Chances Educational Support Services actively supports Pupil Premium students during their time at the provision. We have high expectations of what our students can achieve and we believe that no child should be left behind. We are determined to ensure that the students who attend the provision are given, in the short period of time they are with us, every chance to realise their full potential and aspire to be the best they can possibly be. To support those who are Pupil Premium, or entitled to Free School Meals, and ensure improved outcomes for them, Chances;

  • Has an overall ethos of academic attainment for all students – high aspirations and expectations for all with a focus on high-quality teaching.
  • Is identifying the main barriers to learning for disadvantaged students and implementing interventions that will support in overcoming these (to be recorded and kept for all staff to access in a Pupil Premium Folder). Evaluating the effectiveness of interventions and making adjustments as necessary.
  • Will frequently monitoring the progress of every disadvantaged student and when a student’s progress slows, putting appropriate interventions into place.
  • Creates a specialised staff position as ‘Pupil Premium Mentor’ to support disadvantaged students as well as developing the skills of existing teachers and teaching assistants.
  • Holds a Pupil Premium Mentor meeting regularly with parents (once every 2 weeks). Discussions to take place around issues the students are facing and things which Chances can do to remove these barriers. The findings from the meetings will be fed back in a broad perspective to staff, and more in detail to the Headteacher and SLT.
  • Replaces some one-to-one Key Workers’ support sessions with small group work for disadvantaged students.
  • Ensures teachers know which students are eligible for Pupil Premium. Highlighting students so that when staff mark a set of books, they are aware of the books of disadvantaged students.
  • Uses performance management to reinforce the importance of Pupil Premium impact.
  • Has a senior leader in charge of monitoring the impact of the pupil premium strategy.
  • Has reduced class sizes
  • Works with the mainstream schools to ensure support for individual pupils with key curriculum resources.
  • Provides pupils with increased opportunity for social interaction and enjoyment.

We hope that parents and carers of our Pupil Premium children will continue to work closely with us at Chances so that we can all achieve our aims. We also believe that many of the children that come to Chances are disadvantaged and therefore work hard to ensure all the students in our care receive the support needed to breakdown any barriers to learning.

If you wish to discuss how we can help in greater detail with a member of staff or inform the school of any additional information that would help us in supporting your child please contact the school.

At Chances Educational Support Services we believe that healthy well-rounded children have the best chance of achieving success at school and in the wider community. Students need to feel happy, safe and. The school’s commitment to this runs through everything we do during the school day.

Chances place an emphasis on PSHE – Personal, Social, Health Education – including timetabled lessons and Key Workers for every student to offer times both inside and outside of the classroom, where students can talk about social issues at school and home. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions and to be part of the fixing process in matters of their behaviour. It is important students understand and learn.

The student’s voice is an important aspect of life at Chances, so that they are treated fairly. Students are encouraged to display work and help with presentation boards throughout all of the school.

The use of our Student Wellbeing Assessment ensures that students wellbeing is regularly monitored and supported by staff enabling us to adapt our support as necessary.

If you wish to discuss how we can help in greater detail with a member of staff or inform the school of any additional information that would help us in supporting your child please contact the school.

Celebrating Achievement and Positive Behaviour

At Chances we try to place a positive emphasis on what the school does to manage student behaviour. We believe our behaviour management promotes good behavioural habits that help our students to manage their own behaviour. Rewarding positive behaviour and good habits enable students to engage in learning, make good academic progress and sustain good relationships with both adults and peers. Chances support students to make responsible choices and set into place clear boundaries, to understand the effect their behaviour has on others whilst increasing student awareness to keep themselves safe, not only at school but at home, online and in their community.

To promote and recognise students good behaviour, Chances has developed ‘C-Praise’ to help us reward positive effort within the learning environment as well as social time.

‘C-Praise’  was designed with our students in mind. All staff can access the C-Praise System and are able to reward students for agreed positive behaviour with the appropriate amount of points in the areas they have excelled in. All students, along with key workers, can see how many C-Praise they have gained and what they have been awarded the points for. Therefore students and staff can monitor their progress and know what they are aiming towards. Staff are encouraged to have high expectations of all the students at the provision.

  • Once a student has  received 10 C-Praise  points they receive a certificate from the Chances staff team or their Key Worker

  • Once a student receives 15 C-Praise points a letter will be sent home to parents/carers informing them of their child’s achievement from the Head Teacher

  • Once a student receives 20 C-Praise a letter will be sent home from the CEO of Space or chair of governors congratulating  the student for their excellent behaviour and a voucher worth £5 is included as a reward

Chances also look to link C-Praise points to each individual school with the aim that points converted to current feeder school reward systems

For some students, additional support may be required to help them establish more appropriate positive behaviour habits. This is where our Key Workers support, building professional relationships and offering guidance for the individual whilst also creating close links with parents and carers who can expect to have the support and extra contact with a member of the behaviour team.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. At Chances we take our duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children extremely seriously. 

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Miss Lisa Money.

Our Deputy Safeguarding Officer is Mr Rich Brooks.

Our Dedicated Teacher for Children in Care is Mr Dan Leverton.

If you have any concerns regarding a student who attends Chances, in the first instance speak to Lisa Money 01626 864412. Outside of school hours, contact Devon’s Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub on 0345 155 1071.

For more information about Safeguarding, click 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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