When a pupil is ready to leave one of the centres, the Teachers in Charge will work with the mainstream school, college or employer to ensure that reintegration is as smooth as possible. The Teacher in Charge will work with the child or young person to create a personalised transition plan. Support is given to all young people who are not in work, education or training to find a suitable placement.
If an alternative educational placement is needed the Teachers in Charge will liaise with locality teams to find a suitable placement. It may be necessary for an Education, Health and Social Care Plan (EHCP) to be written to support an alternative placement in which case the Teachers in Charge will liaise with the pupil’s previous school and Pilgrim Pathways School special education needs coordinator in order to prepare the report for the EHCP assessment.
Alison Wilson from Form the Future has visited the Phoenix on 2 occasions (in November and December 2019). She worked 1:1 with a total of 4 students (spending approx. 1 hour with each young person). This involved 3 Year 11 students in run up to post-16 applications and 1 Year 12 student, looking to return to re-start year 12 in September 2020. Each student received a personalised, follow-up Action Plan, summarizing the content covered, next-step suggestions and details of further links to additional information. Feed-back from the young people involved was positive. Alison was very approachable and knowledgeable and she is keen to continue to build up links with the Phoenix School and Darwin Learning Centre.
In early January Alison had been due to do a follow-up Personal Statement writing session with 1 young person but the student involved was discharged unexpectedly just before the Christmas holiday. In addition, 2 more Year 12 students (1 without a college placement) were hoping to meet with Alison just as the school was suspended due to the Covid-19 situation.
Form the Future have recently been in touch to let us know that their service is now available remotely using Microsoft ‘Teams’ and they have sent us a link to their detailed information and guidance policy, risk assessment and consent documents. We will approach students who might benefit from a 1:1 session to see if they would consider using this virtual service.