At Meadowbrook College we recognise that complex problems rarely have single answers. We do not aim to ‘cure’ a pupil, but rather use a solution-focused approach to help both school and pupil reflect on ways forward to enable the student to return to school more successfully.
The Discovery Programme works with students who are experiencing difficulties accessing education, some may have been permanently excluded from school. The programme is based at The Forum in Kidlington and offers an up to 8 week, full-time, off site placement with two weeks of integration support (10 weeks total).
Educational inclusion is promoted by:
- Providing a positive learning experience
- Teaching effective strategies to modify pupils’ behaviour in school
- Raising pupils’ confidence and self-esteem
- Identifying issues for schools to address in order to maintain successful reintegration
The programme includes:
- Academic and behavioural assessment. The 'academic strand' includes a Numeracy and Literacy focus and PiXL Edge programme
- An 'emotional literacy strand' including strategies for coping in school, managing feelings, social skills and self-reflection
- The 'practical strand' including education, art, outings and outdoor education
In practice, much of our work is integrated across the four strands: allowing pupils to work on behavioural and academic work targets throughout the day. Each student works with a member of staff to set regular work and behavioural targets, which are closely monitored in all sessions. Students receive clear rewards and sanctions, enabling them to begin to take responsibility for their learning