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Children in care and alternative provision

Welcome to children in care and alternative provision

This service delivery area works in partnership with schools to support children and young people across the borough to access education. The service delivery area is made up of five key teams which is managed by Andy Cooke - Service Delivery Manager Children in Care and Alternative Provision. 

  • The Virtual School
    The core purpose of the Virtual School is to ensure that every Child in Care is accessing appropriate education and that each child make good levels of progress.
  • Behaviour Support Advisory Service
    The Behaviour Support Advisory team are available to support schools to build capacity to meet the needs of young people with social, emotional and mental health needs.
  • The Student Engagement Programme
    The Student Engagement Programme offers a range of part-time alternative curriculum packages aimed at re-engaging young people in education.
  • The Linden Centre
    The Linden Centre is designated as a Pupil Referral Unit and provides assessment and intervention packages to support young people on the edge of permanent exclusion as well as providing education for some of the students who have been permanently excluded.
  • Arthog Outreach
    We offer a variety of adventure and environmental activities on and off site. A short minibus drive gives us access to stunning locations within Shropshire and fantastic opportunities for adventurous activities.

The Belonging Strategy

The Children in Care and Alternative Provision have published the Belonging Strategy’ This is an overarching strategy that describes the priorities for all partners across Telford and Wrekin in addressing some of the key issues described through an increased sense of belonging. The Belonging Strategy has 5 priorities:

  1. to ensure that every child has a sense of belonging and feels part of the school, setting or college community, irrespective of background, needs or culture; to enable them to achieve positive outcomes
  2. to support the wellbeing and social, emotional and mental health needs of all young people to enable them to be successful in their place of learning
  3. to work with partner agencies to make sure that there is a systemic approach to working with the families of our most vulnerable learners to ensure effective early interventions to meet need
  4. to ensure that all young people are ready for the next phase of learning and that transitions support them in developing a new sense of belonging in the new environment
  5. to ensure that additional support is available for young people and for schools and settings where there is a breakdown in the sense of belonging in any learning environment.

Download the Belonging Strategy

Last updated: 18/08/2022 11:15

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