We have invested in a Collaborative Learning
Management (CLM) system that allows oversight of learner attendance, progress and attainment.
We hope you find this website helpful and look forward to welcoming you into one of our schools.
*Correct for academic year 19-20
A national Alternative Education provider with more than 10 years experience
Educ8 provide independent Alternative Education schools across England to support learners at risk of exclusion, or who are disengaged from mainstream education.
Our vision is to create a ‘special’ envıronment in which everyone’s efforts are focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for every learner. At its heart is the vocational element which acts as the ‘hook’ creating an engaging and personalised learning experience. We recognise that we are all individuals who learn in different ways and celebrate ‘diversity’ and ‘opportunity for all’ which has enabled us to see 93%* of our learners achieve qualifications and 98%* progress to a positive destination.
This year we have enhanced our curriculum through the addition of Subject Leads who provide further innovation and knowledge to each of our curriculum areas.
We have introduced the NEET to EET ‘Life After School’ programme helping year 11’s transition to a positive destination, and a ‘Sixth Form’ preparing years 12 and 13 for Level 3, work and apprenticeships.
Directors & Co-founders
“Educ8 have improved the life chances of many young people that have been on the course, enabling them to get into FE colleges and move onto sports courses...”
Vocational Placement Manager
> Our Schools
Independent Alternative Education
All of our schools are unique in their layout and atmosphere but they each share in the common principles of Educ8. They are conveniently located often on major bus routes and generally close to city centres. Each varies in size but on average have capacity for approximately 25 learners on roll at any one time.
We have schools in the following areas:
> Our Curriculum
We are approved and on the framework in a
number of additional Local Authorities.......
The learning journey
On entry to our programme our initial goal is to try and support a learner back into mainstream education.
For some however this is not achievable and we are structured to provide a pathway from year 9 through to year 11 followed by a support programme for Post-16 learners if required.
Our 'Preparing for Life After School' programmes provide short term interventions to assist learners in 3 key areas:
Each programme provides demonstratable progress on a learner and group basis.
Our curriculum is designed to be both challenging and engaging with Functional Skills, PSHE and our Carousel Learning included daily.
At it's heart is the vocational element which acts as the 'hook' for our learners. We offer a broad range of vocational qualifications allowing personalised learning.
This example timetable demonstrates a typical day
at one of our Schools
British Values & SMSC
We ensure that we actively promote the key fundamental British values of:
> The rule of law
> Individual liberty
> Mutual respect and tolerance
These values are embedded through the Educ8 curriculum, and are further nurtured through the school’s ethos and promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) understanding.
During the range of activities on offer to learners at Educ8, learners can develop a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.
Learners are consistently encouraged to use their imagination and creativity in their learning and showcase a willingness to reflect on their own, and others, experiences.
Educ8 helps learners understand and follow school and class rules, and understand their responsibilities within society.
This helps them understand the difference between good and bad choices, and between right and wrong. It helps them understand the consequences of their actions both positively and negatively.
Learners at Educ8 use a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with learners and staff members from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
This promotes a willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others, and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
It also encourages an interest in, and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels.
Learners also develop their friendship and social mixing through group discussions, role plays and debates.
Educ8 provides opportunities and exposes learners to conversations and topics that will help to develop positive attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.
Functional Skills & PSHE
All learners have a minimum 40 minutes Maths or English per day along with 40 minutes PSHE.
We see the development of each learners capabilities in Maths, English and PSHE, essential to their progression.
Health & Wellbeing
Living in the Wider World
Key Stage 3
Learners build on the knowledge and understanding, skills, attributes and values they have acquired and developed during the primary phase.
PSHE education acknowledges and addresses the changes that young people experience, beginning with transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence.
Learners learn to manage diverse relationships, their online lives, and the increasing influence of peers and the media.
Key Stage 4
Learners deepen knowledge and understanding, extend and rehearse skills, and further explore attitudes, values and attributes acquired during key stage 3.
PSHE education reflects the fact that students are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on greater responsibility for themselves and others
We embed enrichment throughout the curriculum. To ensure that enrichment activities are interactive and challenge learners to use old concepts in new ways we use external speakers, community police, community nurses, careers guidance to name but a few.
Careers Education & Guidance
Our Strategy is led by the eight Gatsby Benchmarks and the three PSHE Association core themes.
Through the use of these key principles across the Key stages we aim to create an inclusive CEIAG programme that raises learner aspirations, supports transition into further education and employment, and enables learners to develop the skills and outlook they need to achieve career wellbeing, adaptability and resilience.
Our REACH reward scheme incentivises learners to be READY, ENGAGED, ACTIVE, CREATIVE, and HEROIC by awarding points every lesson.
Learners can achieve weekly 'Ambassador' status and those that maintain this status for the half term obtain a choice of rewards.
Attendance & Reporting
We use Collaborative Learning Manager (CLM) which is a web-based MIS specially designed with alternative provision mind that enables referrers to directly access attendance and progress information for their learners in real time.
We conduct termly reviews and report on lesson contribution, progress, behaviour, and attendance. We hold parents' evenings twice yearly and communicate regularly with parents and carers.
> Life After School
Progression is key to our success. We are dedicated to this goal and aim to provide all learners with improved life skills, career pathways and positive progression either with re-integration back in to mainstream school or on to post-16 education, or further training.
To enable this we provide advice, guidance and mentoring throughout, but with special emphasis on our Year 11 learners where we assist with college applications and work experience placements.
For those not ready to take the next step we provide a transition programme called ‘Life After School’ and a Level 2 based ‘Sixth Form’.
Nearly all of our learners progress back into school, on to college, or into further training....
NEET to EET Programme
The transition from school to college or school to an apprenticeship can be challenging for a number of year 11 learners. Some are simply not ready for this next step. The 'Life After School' programme supports these vulnerable learners at the end of year 11 for a period of up to 24 weeks.
The programme includes:
> Dedicated support worker
> Access to a range of resources
> Training modules
> 60 hours support over 24 weeks
> Learner bursary of £100
> Work experience and placements
The cost of the 24 week programme to school is from £750 per learner
Our sixth form focuses on preparing learners for progression onto level 3 courses. The programme is a minimum of 16 hours per week, containing 2 on-site days, one home study day and two days volunteering or on work placement.
We offer a range of BTEC Level 2 qualifications including BTEC Firsts which act as a natural progression from our Level 1 pre-16 programmes.
> Refer a Learner
As an independent alternative provision school we use our vocational programmes, and teaching style, as the 'hook' for our learners.
We therefore invite all prospective learners, and their key workers, to visit their nearest school to meet the team, discuss appropriate programmes, and sample lessons.
Appropriate referrals form a key component of our delivery.
Our referral process can be broken down into 3 steps.
There is no better way for a young person to understand how we work than to visit us and see our programmes being delivered. This gives key workers the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the learning journey should a start be agreed.
Ahead of a visit why not view our Video and view our Prospectus.
Choose your nearest School and contact the Head of School to arrange a convenient time.
When starting any of our programmes learners, as part of the induction process, are given a 'Learner Journey' booklet which tracks their entire journey with us.
Progress, achievements, feedback, goals and objectives, are just some of the elements contained within the booklet.
The 'Learner Journey' enables parents, carers, key workers, schools, and of course learners, to keep up to date and informed of their progress.