The engagement programme is provided to instil success into students; in some cases this involves teaching them how to learn. Some students have short “off-site” specific intervention programmes to help them over current issues: other students have long term arrangements. The type of program depends upon the individual needs of the student.
As part of this we ensure that students who are off-site; either long-term or as a timed, specific intervention programme undertake regular assessments in Mathematics, English, Science and ICT among other subjects at entry level, level 1, level 2; including GCSEs. Most exams are taken at on-site at Homewood College but in exceptional cases alternate accommodation arrangements can be made.
Engagement tutors provide weekly updates to ensure that work is logged, merit points awarded and that work is assessed in accordance with school policies and procedures. Tutors provide information as to what went well, how the learning could be even better and progress made as part of this feedback.
The ultimate goal for any student who is involved in an alternate provision programme is to fully integrate them back into school; this process is, once again, tailored to meet the needs of the student.
The January exam results have recently been published as the engagement students achieved as expected but some students excelled: well done them.
Engagement students make use of online assessment materials such as BKSB, Mymaths.co.uk and literacy planet. All of our online learning portals can be accessed on most internet connected device and all students have been issued with logins and passwords to this effect. If learners complete exercises and they are submitted it is automatically logged which is a brilliant way to show how much work they have been doing!
As part of our curriculum programme Homewood College introduced AQA Science at varying levels. For the entry level students need to undertake practical tasks in Chemistry, Biology and Physics. The above is an example of a rocket produced by one student as part of their Physic’s experiment
Engagement students are fully embracing the AQA unit award scheme whereby they can receive accreditations for achievements. Examples include adding, poetry writing, creating PowerPoint presentations and using the library.
Off-site students are also making full use of our google drive facility to save their work. This means that they can share the work with tutors and receive immediate feedback. Students can access their drive via the normal google home page. To log in they use their normal email login and password.
Although only November, off-site students in year 10 and 11 have already taken national exams in functional English and maths and in January 2019 their entry level work in English, maths and ICT will submitted for accreditation.
One student recently carried out an experiment on how long it takes fruit to rot as part of their entry level science award. Here’s what it looked like on day one:
I wont show what it looked like after three weeks; let’s just say it wasn’t pleasant and we now know why they use bags…
Another student has been working towards his ICT using google drive to store his work and here is an example of a graph that he produced:
A large proportion of off-site provision takes place within the libraries of Brighton & Hove. This enables the students to improve academically and it helps improve their social and behaviour skills within a learning environment that will help them reintegrate back at Homewood College or wherever their education provision continues.
Homewood College learners continue to have a good reputation at the Libraries that are used and a member of staff at Moulsecoomb Library stated:
“The learners that you bring in here are always so polite and well behaved.”
“he is extremely pleased… he shows good initiative”,
“He appeared to enjoy himself …. ”.
This is what the off-site provision programme is all about, finding out what works for the learner.
A big pat on the back to all learners who use libraries for their off-site provision!