The school identified students in Year 9 who were close to permanent exclusion due to a range of social / emotional needs which were compounded by an underlying poor standard of literacy. These students, all boys, displayed highly challenging behaviour in school which had not improved using traditional behaviour management techniques. Prior to joining the unit all students were poor attenders at risk of permanent exclusion and had a history of SEND.
All students were profiled using the Boxall assessment tool and assistance from an Education Psychologist helped to put together individual needs analysis’ for the students.
The Accelerated Learning Unit is a SEND provision for Year 9 boys with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs. It is ultimately designed to ensure students go on to access Key Stage 4 rather than a long term, possibly external, provision.
The unit operates a reduced timetable from 8:45 until 2:30 each day. In the morning students have a timetable which includes Maths, English and PSHE. In the afternoon we have an active and therapy focused curriculum, including Forest School, swimming, PE, allotment work and group discussion.
The Accelerated Learning Unit blends:
1. Maintaining the knowledge rich curriculum used in the main school to allow students to access school when they returned to mainstream
2. A heavy focus on literacy and improving their reading ages
3. Afternoon sessions doing therapeutic / counselling work to really focus on the underlying needs of the students