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Services overview


Education

Projects

Overview

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Services overview


Education

Projects

Overview

As an organisation, we have a genuine passion for ensuring our services are built to fit around the day-to-day obstacles faced by Greater Manchester education settings and our learners. For this reason we have offer a broad spectrum of services from SEN Consultancy to exam tuition. Our three-tier system is designed to be flexible and offer a tailored service to meet the individual needs of the young person and setting.

 


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Class Room Mentors
Mental Health Worker (education)

Tier 1 Programmes


Our Tier 1 service providers act as a preventative advocate for their assigned Learner. They work on a one to one basis with children on their Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties to help improve the learner's behavioural outcomes in a Classroom or group setting. 

 

Tier 1 Services can:

  • Improve Attendance

  • Prevent short-term, fixed or permanent exclusions

  • Promote social and emotional wellbeing

  • Increase access to learning


…mentoring as an intervention strategy has the capacity to serve both promotion and prevention aims.
— Association of Psychological Science (2011)
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Mind the Gap Mentors Mental Health Worker (education)

Tier 2 Programmes


Our Tier 2 service providers offer structured support and clarity to young people who are in the process of moving from one educational setting to another. The Mentors meet with learners who have been referred to an alternative provision due to behavioural issues, and support them through the whole process.

 

Tier 2 Services can:

  • Help consolidate new school routines

  • Improve attendance

  • Build security

  • Promote social and emotional Wellbeing

  • Increase access to learning


Children are best protected when professionals are clear about what is required of them individually, and how they need to work together.
— Working together to Safeguard Children (2015)
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The Safe Net Project
Mental Health Worker (education)
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Tier 3 Programmes


Our Tier 3 service has been specifically designed meet the requirements of children who are Currently Missing Education (CME). These projects are underpinned by a holistic and bespoke timetable that is co-ordinated by our Learning and Behaviour Specialist.

Tier 3 services can:

  • Re-engage children Currently Missing Education

  • Improve future employment prospects

  • Build community links

  • Improve Social Emotional Wellbeing

  • Increase access to learning

Successful intervention is based on providing a structured environment with firm boundaries and nurturing empathic relationships.
— Queen's Printer and Controller of HMSO (2014)
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Classroom Mentors



Tier 1 Programmes

Classroom Mentors



Tier 1 Programmes

 
 

Tier 1 service providers act as a preventative advocate for their assigned Learner. They work with children to address Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties and help improve their behavioural outcomes in a Classroom or group setting. Mental Health Workers (education) can offer an additional layer of support to your teaching staff/ pastoral team by, for example, delivering SEMH learning content to the class as a whole or in small groups.


An Example referral for Tier 1 services:

I’m starting to worry about Tom, his attendance has dropped significantly & he has refused to complete his work in class this week. Tom’s parents feel they have tried everything
— Tom's Class Teacher

Our Tier 1 services aim to support children who are beginning to cause concern. These concerns may be linked to a decline in social presentation, attendance or social interaction. With the view to provide an extra layer of support to young people who's social and/or academic outcomes are suffering as a result.


 
 

Our three step referral process

We are fully aware that time is of the essence when implementing a behaviour plan. Which is why we have simple, three step referral process for all of our services.

 


Mind the Gap Mentors



Tier 2 Programmes

Mind the Gap Mentors



Tier 2 Programmes

 
 
 

Our Tier 2 services offer structured support and clarity to young people who are in the process of moving from one educational setting to another. The Mentors meet with learners who have been referred to an alternative provision due to behavioural issues, and support them through the whole process. Mental Health Workers (Education) can consolidate the transition coping strategies introduced by Mind the Gap Mentors once reintegration is complete, helping young people maintain progress and prevent relapses in behaviour.


An Example referral for Tier 2 Services:

I want to ensure Laura’s transition to the Pupil Referral Unit is successful, but I don’t have the capacity to be in two places at once
— SENCo

Mind the Gap Mentors, help to reduce the harmful Social and Emotional impact of transition between educational settings, by supporting young people through this process and beyond .


Our three step referral process

We are fully aware that time is of the essence when implementing a behaviour plan. Which is why we have simple, three step referral process for all of our services.

 
 

The Safe Net Project



Tier 3 Programmes

The Safe Net Project



Tier 3 Programmes

 
 

Our Tier 3 services have been specifically designed to meet the requirements of children who are Currently Missing Education (CME). These projects are underpinned by a holistic and bespoke timetable that is co-ordinated by our Learning and Behaviour Specialist


An Example referral for Tier 3 Services:

We have tried numerous strategies to engage this young person in Education. He is strongly against attending school.
— Virtual School Head Teacher

The Tier 3 programmes offer Multi-Agency teams, and the learners on their caseload, a unique service. These services are built to fit around the processes of professionals who work with vulnerable, disengaged children that are also CME. Through providing a holistic support service, the Safe Net Project provides a targeted programme that focuses on both the Academic and Social/ Emotional/Behavioural aspects of the learner's development. The Learning and Behaviour specialist, along with our dedicated tutor and mentor team, construct a completely individualised time-table for each learner referred on to the programme.


Our three step referral process

We are fully aware that time is of the essence when implementing a behaviour plan. Which is why we have simple, three step referral process for all of our services.


 
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Core Principles


Core Principles

Core Principles


Core Principles

 

Gain Focus: Core Principles

 

 

Educate

As education professionals, we understand the symbiotic nature of academic attainment and social, emotional wellbeing. A recent study, published by Public Health England in 2014, found that "Pupils with better health and wellbeing are likely to achieve better academically." Gain Focus programmes are built with academic attainment as their foundation, so our learners have a cornerstone from which to build healthy and fulfilled lives. 

 


Inspire

We stand by the adage, "It takes a community to raise a child." So much so, we are creating a community of role-models and educators. Our role models appear in the form of Mentors, Specialist Key Workers and Affiliate Organisations. Our educators, in the form of our trained experienced teachers. Through this rich and diverse community, we inspire young people to engage in life, as well as in education.

 
                            

Achieve

Tied in to our "education alongside community" approach is the practice of setting realistic, bespoke goals and then achieving them. This is a fundamental theme of every ‘Gain Focus’ programme. Achieving our goals underpins the positive rewards system designed by our in-house Learning and Behaviour Specialist.