Stevenage ESC makes full time education provision for 12 pupils in years 7 to 9 who are permanently excluded or at risk of permanent exclusion from secondary schools in the Stevenage and North Herts area.
The Centre curriculum is based upon the National Curriculum, although there is no requirement for the ESC to deliver the National Curriculum as it is hoped that the majority of the pupils attending will return to mainstream schools.
The subjects delivered are Maths, English, Science, Humanities, ICT, Art, Textiles, Cooking for Life, Social Development, General Studies, PE.
Pupils are admitted following a referral from school or the local area Integration Officer and following this an admissions meeting is held with the parent/carer and child in question. Centre staff will also arrange to do a Home Visit as part of the admission process. On starting at the Centre, pupils undergo a thorough Baseline Assessment process which is aimed at identifying areas of strength and weakness and also to assist in the identification/confirmation of any possible learning needs. The outcomes are used to inform teacher planning, assist in the setting of IEP targets and may also identify a need for referral to an Educational Psychologist for further investigation.
The Centre runs similarly to a mainstream school but with slightly different timings to the day. Pupils are expected to attend from 8.30am until 1.50pm daily and will follow a secondary school style timetable with subjects taught by specialist staff. Pupils are taught in three small groups, maximum size of four pupils, and each group would usually be supported by a member of the Centre support staff.
Free school meals for pupils who qualify are provided as packed lunches.
Pupils moving back to mainstream school are supported by Centre staff and their reintegration is planned for through meetings with the receiving school. Assessment outcomes, advice and support strategies are also discussed at this time.