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You can be reassured that your student will be well cared for and will make excellent progress with us. We deliver our services from a purpose-built youth centre in Dawlish, South Devon. Over 17 schools from the South Hams, Exeter and West Devon currently use 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.

It’s sometimes difficult to imagine how we could help, there are a couple of examples to the right but in essence, it all starts with a phone call. During this call, we can explore the individual needs of the young person/people concerned and design a bespoke package to suit, which can then be dynamically adapted as the student’s journey progresses to include more or less support.

Our hybrid approach utilises the best of both disciplines, teaching staff for school-based provision and youth work staff for outreach and support in schools for transition or group settings in school.

We work with any young person experiencing difficulty but have expertise in the following areas:

  • 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

Look forward to speaking with you on 01626 864412

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Please contact Chances direct for current prices while we update our price list on 01626 864412

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If you have a student who experiences anxiety, is a school-refuser or more

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Whilst at Chances, students are required to wear their own school uniform. If your School does not have a uniform, students are expected to wear
Black shoes or trainers
Black trousers or skirt
A Navy blue shirt or polo shirt
A grey, black or navy blue jumper (without logos)
Trainers other than plain black are not permitted

There are currently two bus runs with a number of stops on the way.
Totnes – Newton Abbot – Teignmouth -Dawlish Return.
Exeter – Middlemoor – Alphington – Countess Wear – Exminster – Dawlish – Return

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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 Officers are Mrs Sarah Lock and Mr Matt Buck.

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.

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.

“As a College, we have benefited greatly from the support of Chances provision for our most vulnerable students. The off-site bespoke provision has provided both educational and pastoral support for these students and allowed successful reintegration back into mainstream provision.”

Headteacher, XXX

“My outreach worker is very friendly and seeing them for 1 hour a week gives me a break from school and the chance to talk about anything that’s bothering me.  I get a lot of help and support during my time with them”

Student, year 10

“Chances have provided expert outreach work. This has included coaching and mentoring as well as working on strategies to support their learning , conduct and mental health. This has proved to be successful and valued by both students and the college.”

Curriculum Mentoring & Support
English, Maths
Food Hygiene Certificate
First Aid
The Home Cooking Skills Award Level 1
PE & support in other academic subjects
Welcoming environment
Breakout rooms when needed
Weekly Reports
Personalised Individual Learning Plan
Initial and ongoing data tracking
Key Worker
Phase return support
Direct links to mentors and support for student and families

Checklist to consider before completing our referral form

  • Made contact to check suitability and availability?

  • Have the family and young person been notified?

  • Has the young person read through and signed our behaviour agreement? Please click here to download, print & sign a copy

  • If they are being transported, has the student signed the transport agreement?

Ready to make a referral?

Safeguarding Information

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Miss Lisa Money.

Our Deputy Safeguarding Officers are Mrs Sarah Lock and Mr Matt Buck.

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

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