School Engagement Programmes
These centrally located Training Centre’s based in Telford, Shrewsbury, Dudley and Walsall are dedicated to offering local Schools, Colleges and all other learning bases in the boroughs further assistance and support in developing basic social and academic skills for young people mixed with a range of behaviour changing activities to engage and motivate learners.
Once a school has nominated a learner an interview takes place with an EDS member of staff, an initial assessment then takes place to ascertain the learner’s needs and requirements and partnership agreement between the school, student, parent / carer / guardian and EDS is agreed. A timetable is confirmed based on the day(s) of the young person attending and this information then forms part of the learner’s Individual learning plan or ILP.
An attendance register is completed twice a day (AM AND PM) utilising the Collaborative Learning Manager (CLM) system where it is in use, or by direct email to the learners ‘learning base’ where the CLM system is not in place.
Learners will be expected to start the day at 9:30 am with lessons starting at 10am. There will be facilities available for students to purchase food and drink throughout the day and all learners who are eligible for a free school meal will be catered for by an offsite caterer. The day concludes at 2.30pm when learners are expected to be collected by their individual school, college etc, unless other arrangements are agreed and in place.
Basic leisure facilities within the buildings such as Pool tables and a Table Tennis Table enable learners to stay on site and be suitably occupied and entertained during ‘down time’ thus ensuring learners do not feel the need to leave the building for any reason.
The curriculum (Available upon Request) will include basic literacy and numeracy skills. Other qualifications suitable for the world of work are also delivered generating attainment and valuable school table points. These qualifications will be agreed in the initial meeting with the school and learner upon enrolment. All Qualifications are available at entry level through to Level 2.
Links with employers from the EDS Employer database will mean students can pursue work experience tasters whilst in our centres although this will largely be dependent upon the programme of study they are undertaking whilst with The Education Development Service within the Seeds/SAT Centres.
Regular, information, advice and guidance (IAG) will also be on hand from qualified staff with regular pastoral support throughout learners time spent at the both the Seeds/SAT centres, furthermore and with the learners’ interest at the core of delivery we will ensure there is an element of impartial IAG imbedded into our provision by ensuring close links with Future Focus and all other support agencies within the boroughs.
Both the Seeds Centre and our Shrewsbury base are very keen to promote a positive and rewarding learning culture among those in attendance. Whilst the core principles of a school will be embedded within our curriculum, its ethos will be distinguished as different.
These are meant to be venues that will engage learners effectively and help reap the rewards of a well-supported programme that caters for a range of diverse learning styles and attitudes.