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” programs to help them over current issues: other students have long term arrangements. The type of program depends upon the individual needs of the learner.
As part of this we ensure that students who are off-site 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 and how the learning could be even better 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 Alfiecloud.com, Mymaths.co.uk and literacy planet. Mymaths can be accessed at anytime and all learners have logins and password to this effect. If learners complete the homework element of each lesson and press the submission button it will be logged onto our system immediately; 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.
An example of AQA unit award work completed by an engagement student is this acrostic poem.
Ineapple pens are bad
|I||Ce man is cool|
|N||Ight time is dark|
|E||Veings are boring|
|A||Fternoon is awesome|
|P||Iglets are cute|
|P||Eople are small|
|L||Ollipops are lush|
|E||Ndings are rubbish|
It will soon be that time of year again when we start to look forward to what our year 11 leavers will be doing in September. Some will be starting college courses; others may continue in education… watch this space for more specific news later in the year. We also have students on work experience programmes and an employer said of one:
“he is extremely pleased… he shows good initiative”,
“He appeared to enjoy himself and I am happy with how things are going”.
This is what the off-site provision programme is all about, finding out what works for the learner. Work experience is also proving successful for students in year 10 as well.
Learners have also been successful in terms of academic achievements and most have achieved qualifications in the cores subjects and even in the arts as one student did a GCSE in Art.
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.”
A big pat on the back to all learners who use libraries for their off-site provision!