Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)
Highly experienced teachers utilise a trauma-informed approach to provide personalised provision and mentorship, considering each young person’s unique circumstances, experiences, and emotional needs in the learning process.
Some of our young people who we work with are unable to attend school due to their Social, Emotional and Mental health needs. They may be unable to leave the house or even their room.
Our tutors will ensure the lessons are run at the young person’s pace and timing. This could involve starting their lessons online, possibly talking to them either side of a door until they are ready to be in the same room. Activities will not be academic but probably based around their interests until the young person is ready to be in the same room and ready to take part in academic work.
Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD)
We support young people who have severe learning difficulties (SLD) and are often awaiting a place in a Special School. They will have significant intellectual or cognitive impairments which have a major effect on every aspect of their daily life.
Learners with SLD may also have difficulties in mobility and coordination, communication and perception and the acquisition of self-help skills. They will need support in all areas of the curriculum. They may also require teaching of self-help, independence and social skills. The majority remain dependent on adults for all aspects of their care.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers/Refugees
There is an increasing requirement for tutors to work with young people who have English as an Additional Language (EAL) and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC).
These young people have often experienced huge trauma and find themselves alone in an unfamiliar country with little to no understanding of English. They require a bespoke package to enable them to begin to integrate into their new community, and to begin to communicate with peers, carers and teachers. Our tutors work holistically to develop vital language skills whilst providing the emotional, trauma-informed support these very vulnerable, often traumatised children need.
Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
We have young people who are in mainstream school but have additional educational needs and are referred to us to have some extra 1:1 support. This may include young people with dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia.
These young people need time and adaptations made to the way they work to be able to achieve their full potential and keep up with their peers in school. Our tutors identify their strengths and weaknesses and write individual programs to work with often using the young person’s interests.
Some of our young people have specific learning difficulties, other conditions or areas of need, that impact on their learning and wellbeing. These young people can often access the national curriculum with sufficient adult support. They may benefit from differentiated and individualised learning plans and varying degrees of input from supporting adults.
The aim may be to develop new skills in order to access learning or to reintegrate into their learning environment.
Multiple Needs (Moderate Learning Difficulties)
Our young people with Moderate Learning Difficulties benefit from large amounts of support to be able to access the national curriculum and everyday life. These young people can also experience a range of medical and genetic conditions alongside their learning difficulty. The majority of these young people are waiting for specialist provision. Long term outcomes vary between being able to access aspects of their life more independently, to some young people requiring life-long support.
Our tutors will adapt their approach depending on the desired area of impact. These areas could include cognition and learning, physical and sensory, communication and interactions, and social and emotional needs.
Care experienced young people
Some of our young people have been placed into care for their own safety, possibly moved out of the family home in an emergency situation and relocated miles away from anyone they know to a completely strange location.
We work very closely with children’s homes or foster parents to ensure the introduction of another unfamiliar new adult into the already chaotic and likely traumatised life of the child is managed sympathetically.
These young individuals require a very specialised approach as trust in adults has been destroyed and normality lost. Our tutors have to walk a very fragile line while getting to know the child and building the essential trusting relationship.
We can support young people with various medical needs, this may be in their home, school, hospice or hospital setting. They have often missed a significant amount of schooling and will need support in all areas of the curriculum.
Learners with medical needs often require frequent breaks to help regulate pain or fatigue and our understanding tutors can build this into their lessons. Our tutors can also adapt lessons to their changing medical needs. These students may also need flexible lesson times to fit in with medical appointments.