Tuition Service Staff
|Nicola Young||Assistant Vice Principal & Faculty Lead Science|
|Jackie Charter||Teacher - Faculty Lead Numeracy|
|Ruth Exley||Teacher & SENCO|
|Julie Daw||Business Support Administrator|
The Tuition Service is located in a designated area of the Nailsea site.
The service caters for all age groups from Key Stages 1 - 4 who are out of school. Programmes are delivered in either the home, the community, Centres or through reintegration packages within their mainstream school.
At Tuition, we target core subjects such as English, Maths and Science with a range of accredited qualifications. We also offer GCSE ICT, Art, Functional skills and BTEC Diplomas, which are studied in mainstream schools. We also plan and support post 16 progression.
Overall, curriculums are very much designed on an individual basis, taking into account the needs of the young person and the school. Input and advice are also taken from parents/carers and other external organisations and professionals.
Many students curriculum programmes are dictated by their mainstream school; especially those students following exam courses in secondary schools. Tuition staff liaise with schools, collect work and deliver programmes which are individualised to that student.
All students and their parents/carers are invited to regular reviews at which their progress is discussed.
Students referred with acute illnesses and high levels of anxiety are able to continue to cover most of the curriculum they would normally manage in a mainstream school through our detailed curriculum planning.
It is reasonable to expect more able students to cope with an increased workload which would include homework.
Progress and achievement is governed by the diverse complex medical needs of students referred. We carefully assess needs against ability to enable students to access a balanced curriculum. In many cases, each learner has a bespoke education package under the direction of medical professionals and other appropriate agencies.
How we support students
Tuition at home
- On occasion lessons will need to take place at home for an agreed number of hours depending on health and circumstances, subject to regular review.
- We require a non-smoking environment suitable for study; a quiet area with a table or work surface is ideal.
- It is essential that a responsible adult is present in the home during tuition. This may be a parent/carer, grandparent, neighbour or friend.
- We ask parents or carers to give us as much notice as possible if a planned session needs to be cancelled.
- The student and parents / carers will sign an individual agreement when tuition starts.
Tuition in the community
Where tuition is not possible in the home, or if it is not advisable if a student is becoming isolated, then tuition may be arranged in the community. An emergency contact form will need to be completed if a tutor is to act ‘in loco parentis’ in such cases. Tuition could be arranged in:
- Public libraries
- Community centres
Tuition in the Centres
It may be determined that tuition should be provided in Centre either in small groups or on a 1 to 1 basis.
We aim to provide a core curriculum to GCSE or other accredited qualifications and to plan for Post 16 progression. We support and advise students in making decisions about their future.
We expect students attending the Centres to make the best of the opportunities offered and to be respectful and polite to all other users of the Centre. An induction pack which includes a Home-Centre Agreement and emergency contact form will need to be completed.
Getting back to school (Reintegration)
The main focus of Tuition is to work with students, families and other professionals to overcome barriers and prepare them for a return to mainstream provision.
Some students have difficulties in returning to school. In such circumstances we may need to refer the student to other agencies.
We work alongside North Somerset Vulnerable Learners Service, Social Workers, Education Welfare Officers, Health Professionals, colleagues from the Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Educational Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists and Teachers in schools in order to meet the individual needs of each student.
After a long absence sometimes a gradual return to school works best. A planning meeting at the mainstream school will decide how best to re-include a student successfully. In some cases, it may be appropriate for Tuition Teachers and/or Teaching Assistants to support students back into mainstream schools.
An Educational Psychologist (EP) supports us in successfully re-integrating students back into mainstream school through the “Bridge Back to Learning” programme. This is specifically aimed at young people who are experiencing anxiety. The EP works with schools, tuition, the young person and their parents / carers. The Educational Psychologist’s role will include initial assessment, monitoring and review of the student.
It is a legal requirement that school age students receive education. We adapt the curriculum to suit individual circumstances.
The amount of hours a student is able to access per week is determined by the referring health professional. We expect students to attend for the agreed hours and parents/carers to encourage students to keep to their agreed timetable.
The Campus Student Family Liaison Officer, Kim Lawrence, will monitor student attendance and discuss with parents / carers accordingly.
Transport in a taxi or a North Somerset VLC minibus may be provided.
Those students, who remain with us until the completion of Year 11 will be carefully supported as they progress into post-16 Education, Apprenticeships or Training.
All our Key Stage 4 students have access to the North Somerset Youth Employment Service (YES) as well as independant careers guidance provided by Stroud College in line with statutory requirements. Parents / carers are encouraged to attend YES meetings with their child.
Young people who are medically, physically and emotionally capable are encouraged to take part in work-based learning / work experience in Year 11 in order that they have some experience of the world of work. This will enable them to be more prepared for the world of work and inform their future career choices.
Details of the School Day
The allocation of time and frequency for many students taught in the home is dictated by their medical needs and agreed at the initial meeting with parent/carer and young person. These may be adjusted in accordance with medical needs and on-going information from medical professionals.
Young people whose health needs allow are taught in Centre. This enables them to have a more structured timetable and social time with other young people. It also means curriculum opportunities can be extended.
Our in Centre and out of Centre timetable is organised between 9.00am – 4.00pm.
Uniform / Dress Code
Whilst there is no official dress code, students should wear casual clothes which are comfortable and appropriate for an educational establishment.
Quotes from Ofsted, and feedback From Parents and Students
[Following the completion of the tuition programme] my child is more relaxed and less frustrated about going back to school.
[He] is more focussed and has something to be excited about.
If it was not for the patience and understanding of the tutors at VLC, he would not be in school now - it is an excellent service.
[The most beneficial aspect of this service was] the relationship built between the teachers with both my son and myself. Unable to fault the service. Have appreciated the value my child has been given and very thorough review meetings.
I enjoy learning and being around other people again.
(It is now) easier to go to lessons.
I enjoyed my time at the Tuition Centre. I felt safe, secure and supported.