Education – My Life Matters is a Lewisham based Independent School and Alternative Provision with objective to reconnect, reengage and empower the learner who could possibly be at risk of becoming the subject of permanent exclusion.
We primarily work with learners in Key Stage 3 & 4.
We are keenly aware of the challenges that can and do impact on today’s young people. We understand that where learners become permanently excluded from school they can and do run the risk of ‘Going Missing in Education’. Through its provision Education-My Life Matters can offer to learners that final chance at realising their learning potential through the medium of an alternative provision alongside support and partnership to achieve one of three possible outcomes i.e.
1. Supporting reintegration back into mainstream education
2. Supporting transition to a specialist school or college
Education-My Life Matters support schools to support their learners. Our provision works in partnership with the placement’s base school, other relevant external agencies and parents/carers so as to secure the best possible outcome for the learner.
In the event of a learner receiving a 1st or 6th day exclusion, Education-My Life Matters is well positioned to provide swift and easy access to full time alternative education, as is required by law. Any such placements can begin with as little as 24 hours’ notice subject to the satisfactory completion of an assessment of learner’s risk to the provision.
Alternatively, learners are referred or directed to Education – My Life Matters may come as a result of a range of ongoing issues. Primarily our learners come to us as a result of the following pathways:
• Permanent exclusion
• Non – attendance i.e. school refusers
• Ongoing and continued non-compliance with school expectations
We offer, where necessary and appropriate, a differentiated approach designed to re-engage and motivate the disengaged learner. We ensure opportunities are manifest through the use of creative approaches, so as to achieve for the learner successful learning outcomes.
Through the targeted deployment of high-quality teachers, skilled mentors and supportive LSAs, we craft an environment that is supportive of the development of learner independent approaches to learning. To encourage the learner’s ability to work as part of a team, we provide collaborative and small group learning opportunities and experiences. So as to encourage independence we encourage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and progression, thereby engagement in self-assessment activities is very much paramount to the learning culture of the Education-My Life Matters provision.
The Assistant Strategic Lead is the senior manager with responsibility for outcome for our learners, behaviour and academic. The Assistant Strategic Lead works with the Virtual School, Schools, parents/carers and liaises with and coordinates the input of external professional.
Our staff engage in continuous professional development programmes in order to best positioned to aid and support the implementation of a consistent whole school approach to meeting the needs of our learners.
We have a reflective and evaluative approach to the development of learning, teaching and behaviour improvement targets and plans, which encourages teaching staff to develop effective approaches to working with learners with high levels of challenging characteristics.