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An alternative approach to education
What is The Alternative School?
Now in our fourth year, The Alternative School (known as TAS) was set up to offer a fun, challenging yet relaxed alternative education programme for young people. We are different because we are able to offer a totally unique and ﬂexible programme that is tailored around the speciﬁc needs of each individual young person. Referrals come from a variety of sources including Parents, Schools, Young People’s Service, PRU’s, Police, Youth Offending Team, Social Services, Family Support and often self referral after hearing positive feedback from friends or relatives that have already attended TAS. Each young person that attends TAS Full or Part-Time will design their own timetable, decide which qualiﬁcations they would like to work towards, what new activities they would like to try and will set their own goals for the forthcoming year. The timetable will vary greatly for each young person and will include a high percentage of one-to-one work, team projects and activities and small more formal taught workshops all aimed at building individual conﬁdence, self esteem, team working and important social skills. At TAS we take a more holistic approach to learning and support both the individual and educational needs of young people, helping them to overcome a wide range of barriers and develop over a period of time into well rounded young adults.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze, Silver or Gold Award
Why not encourage your group to add The Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze, Silver or GOLD Award to their achievements?
Can be delivered in school / college as an enrichment activity, as part of BTEC Sport or as a stand alone option. Available too as an after school club, as part of a Personal Development Programme, during Summer Holidays, Weekends or Evenings. Please ask if you would like us to deliver The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to your group of young people. Bronze Award Silver Award Gold Award min age - year 9, approx. 6-9 months to complete min age - year 9, approx. 9-12 months to complete min of 16 yrs + approx. 18 months to complete
All young people completing the Duke of Edinburgh’s award will receive a certiﬁcate for each section completed, a framed ﬁnal certiﬁcate, photographic evidence for their portfolio, Duke of Edinburgh badge, portfolio of work and will be invited to a D of E presentation evening.
Attending FULL-TIME at TAS
What might an Individual timetable include?
•1:1 support •TAS Curriculum Modules (Maximum class size of 4) •Qualiﬁcation in English,Maths,ICT. (Edexcel Accredited) •BTEC Sport, at least one full day dedicated to Sporting Activities •Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Bronze or Silver •The Art’s Award, Bronze or Silver •Personal development and life skills •Career guidance, college visits and applications to college •Mentor Support, access to counselling if required •Lots of fun activities (AQA Accredited) • e.g. Abseiling, Canoeing, Kayaking, Archery, Caving, Mountain Biking, Street Dance,
Fishing, Raft Building, Rock Climbing, Gorge Scrambling, Football Skills, ‘DJ’ing and Kick Boxing.
Attending PART-TIME at TAS
What might an Individual timetable include?
Ideal as a support package for pupils who are “wobbling” in school or as part of a reintegration package for pupils moving back into school. Available for years 9,10 and 11. (Available for younger pupils in speciﬁc cases)
•1:1 support with class work / homework •Option to gain additional qualiﬁcations •Conﬁdence & Self Esteem building •TAS Adventurous Activities Programme •Counselling, Bullying, Mediation Work-Shops •Peer Mentoring Programme •Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
This is picture shows Michael, ex TAS pupil, now studying full time at Burnley college and is also working towards his Gold Duke of Edinburgh award with TAS and is a mentor on a TAS Bronze Duke of Edinburgh scheme.
TAS Adventurous Activities
Ideal for any group of young people wishing to try new activities.
- Can be booked for a speciﬁc group, term or activity - Can also be used as evidence for BTEC Sport Modules - Collection and Drop off in TAS minibus - TAS Qualiﬁed Staff Ratio 1:4 pupils - Includes all equipment, clothing hire, lunch - Accredited Qualiﬁcation (AQA / Sports Leaders Award, D of E) - Portfolio of work & evidence Activities available as an introduction course or can be booked by each activity leading to progression in that area. (Schemes of Work and Lesson Plans available)
•Caving •Abseiling •Canoeing •Kayaking •Archery •Safer Cycling Course •Mountain Bike Leadership •Raft Building •Rock Climbing (inside and out ) •Gorge Scrambling •Walking (Geocache Trails)
1:1 Tutoring / Study Support
Why not excel in your school work or try something new?
1:1 support with homework Help with Maths & English Gain an additional qualiﬁcation as well as your chosen options Prepare a professional C.V. and apply for part-time jobs Access to I.C.T. Learn new skills Write and produce a mini ﬁlm with your friends Learn how to set up your own business with our Young Entrepreneur work-shop
Mountain Bike Leadership,Advanced Skills
Speciﬁc courses written to encourage Leadership, Skill Advancement and SAFER cycling both on and off the roads for all ages, groups of friends, families etc. Options available -
•Advanced Skills training •Bike maintenance course using own bike
(AQA accredited) (accredited)
•Bike ability course (Cycling Proﬁciency) •Mountain Bike leadership course (accredited)
The above to include bike hire, helmets, transport to and from different mountain bike tracks / locations.
Creative Workshops delivered to groups within the community Grafﬁti Art, Mosaics, Face Painting, Pottery Painting, Glass Painting, T Shirt Design, Kite Making, Jewellery Making, Henna Tattoos, Knitted Bags, Candle Making, Sewing, ICT Skills, Film Making, Indoor Games, Fun Exercise, Oil Painting, Card Making + lots, lots more. (Please ask us if you have any other requests..)
Encourages - Community Cohesion - Conﬁdence - Self Esteem - Well Being - Friendships, Meeting New People - Learning & Sharing New Skills
TAS Family Activities and Camping
Activity days with the aim of building and improving family relationships
All activities planned with speciﬁc aims and objectives to meet the individual needs / requirements of each family circumstances Initial assessment meeting and getting to know one another (family & instructors) Can be organised as a one day course, or series of days Conﬁdence building, team work, self esteem activities / workshops Can be booked for groups or individual families Collection and Drop off in a minibus TAS staff + AALA accredited activity instructor Includes all equipment, clothing hire, lunch professional photo, summary of the day, suggestions for how to continue to build and improve family relationships Indoor and Outdoor activities / camping available
“ TAS helped me to sort my life out and get me back on track, I don`t know where I would be without them.”
(Bradley ex TAS pupil 2008/9 – now mentoring at TAS)
Film Production, Camping, Streetdance, City Visits, Pottery, Volunteering, Football Coaching, Graffiti Art, Photography, Professional Photo Shoot, Fashion Project, Informative Workshops, Independence Skills
What else did we do at TAS?
“We all learnt how to feel good about ourselves, be confident and had
FUN doing it”.
Our Mission Statement
Our Inspiration and Vision The Alternative School is inspired by a belief that we can make a difference to every young person we work with by listening to them and raising their aspirations. We believe in the potential of every young person, no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Our Approach: We believe our success is a combined approach of listening, no labels, individual and ﬂexible learning, starting with a clean sheet as well as a more holistic approach helping young people manage their often chaotic lifestyles in a more positive way.
Our Principles The TAS strategy is built on ﬁve principles:
1) Support We will stick with helping young people even when they are at their most challenging. We will hang in there and support and guide them into making positive life choices. Sometimes it is a long process and young people need to know that we will always be available to support them. 2) Educate We will provide a unique, individualised, FUN and enjoyable, yet challenging and rewarding education experience of the highest attainable standard. 3) Encourage Independence We will concentrate on encouraging young people to take responsibility for their own learning and personal development by helping them to build their own unique portfolio of achievements, experiences, enabling them to see their own true worth. We will support all TAS young people through the difﬁcult transition stage from school onto life post 16, whether into full-time education, training or employment and will continue this support throughout their journey for as long as it is required. 4) Inspire and Motivate We believe that ALL young people can achieve fantastic results. We will help to facilitate this by providing relevant qualiﬁcations that are recognised by both employers and further education providers, supported by a wide range of adventurous outdoor activities and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award that will help ensure TAS young people progress into a positive place upon leaving. We believe in `life long learning` and will support this ethos by providing ﬂexible and supportive learning packages, available for all young people, from all backgrounds. 5) Partnership Working We can not do all of this on our own, but need to work with and through others in order to multiply our impact. The statements below deﬁne the activities we will undertake in pursuit of our visionWe will: Create and deliver an alternative curriculum for young people which is innovative, holistic, encourages positive progression and promotes independence. Provide advice and support to young people, sign posting to other agencies whilst hand-holding through this process. Work only with organisations which work with young people to ensure they are listened to and their individual needs met.
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Why not encourage your child / young people to work towards additional qualiﬁcations which could help their future college / apprenticeship applications? Can be studied as part of enrichment, evenings or weekends.
For more information please contact email@example.com / www.thealternativeschool.co.uk 01282 851800 or Kirsty-Anne - 07717 525 306