In some cases, our pupils have moved on to other providers and the placement has failed within weeks. To address this, we have therefore changed our approach;
- We look at the needs of the child first, and seek to understand what the child needs and wants, rather than which course might fit the child;
- We have a flexible approach to Year 12, anticipating that in many cases, the offer of sixth form may be for one, two or even three years;
- We have placed some children back on our roll, even they do not access any of our courses;
- We act as a facilitator for the child, liaising with other providers and creating a bespoke timetable, managing the funding that is linked to the child;
- We are familiar with all the funding arrangements in place for the child, and see that the full funding is linked to the provision for the pupil;
- We have developed an extensive range of contacts with the local sixth form college, to enable us to have access to a range of opportunities for our pupils;
- We have a programme of parental engagement which starts consideration of post-16 options early in Year 11, with pupil and parent required to develop a ‘plan B’, to ensure that the child has options to consider when getting her/his results.