We work directly with virtual school’s across the country to provide interim and long term provision for young people in the care system.
How Can Academy21 Help?
Young people in care and young carers are faced with the most challenging of life circumstances at such a young age. At these times their education and learning can become almost impossible for them to cope with or prioritise. At Academy21 we fully recognise this and our services offer a number of real benefits to young people in the care system.
Access from Anywhere
Our classes can be attended from any location where there is a broadband connection and computer. This can include care home, foster placement or other provision that has been arranged. We will consult with our clients to ensure our services are implemented with a clear focus on providing minimal disruption to each young person's care placement.
Continuity of Provision
At a time in their lives when there is little to no continuity, our service can remain a constant. Our flexible provision can support young people in care wherever they are placed, helping to ensure there is minimal disruption to their education and learning.
Safe & Secure Environment
Learners are in control of how and when they communicate within the classroom, with their peers and teachers and we do not use web cams or ‘pressure’ learners to use their microphone in class. This provides a degree of control over their classroom environment that they cannot achieve in a mainstream setting.
Our teachers are fully trained in Safeguarding and Child Protection and we have Designated Safeguarding Leads within our education team. Every lesson we teach is recorded and so we are able to present written or verbal evidence to our clients quickly following a disclosure in class, which may support any subsequent safeguarding board investigation.
Academy21 focuses on delivering core subject outcomes for learners in the care system to support their progression to further education and employment. We offer other relevant courses including EAL/ESOL for new arrivals and unaccompanied asylum seekers, and a broader curriculum offer including Humanities and PSHE.
Young people in care may require additional support in their learning as there will be times they are unable to cope with or attend their Academy21 lessons. All learners can drop in every Friday morning at a time that suits them to get additional one to one and small group support. We also provide 24/7 access to our library lessons and activities to prevent any further gaps.
Other Pupils We Support
Academy21 works with over 800 pupils each year supporting a diverse range of need. Below are just some of the reasons why schools, local education authorities and parents and carers of young people with an EHCP, refer pupils to Academy21.
We support teenage mothers at every stage of their pregnancy and beyond as they begin parenthood. Our service ensures continuity of education, through what is a challenging period for new teenage mums.
Young people may refuse to attend school for a broad range of reasons. Academy21 supports learners every day who may have SEN, be the victims of bullying and suffer from complex medical and mental health conditions.
We work with schools across the country providing an alternative to exclusion and to deliver solutions from day 6 of any fixed term exclusion. We provide PRU’s, independent alternative providers and local authorities with our services following a permanent exclusion.
Please do contact us today to talk to our expert staff and discover whether Academy21 is appropriate for the young learners in your care. We will provide, clear and friendly advice and guidance with no expectations that you’ll proceed to a referral to us.