Dr. L. Twist
WHAT IS “TWELVE”?
For Key Stage 3 pupils and those in the early part of Year 10, Horizons Academy Bexley offers an early intervention programme, “TWELVE” (Targeted Work Towards Engagement in Learning and Valuing Education”). TWELVE is an early intervention strategy to prevent permanent exclusion and support pupils who are struggling in school through breaking the cycle of poor choices and relationship breakdowns. It is an agreement between mainstream schools and the New Horizons Federation via Horizons Academy Bexley. When a mainstream school has exhausted their current strategies to help a young person change their behaviour or when they feel that the pupil would benefit from time out of their environment to break the cycle of entrenched behaviours and / or escalation or where permanent exclusion is becoming an increasing risk, the school may make a referral to Horizons Academy Bexley TWELVE Programme.
Referrals are discussed in the fortnightly Referrals Meeting alongside referrals to Primary TWELVE and the Psychology Service (includes Medical Needs support and temporary placements) and decisions reached as to whether in-school or off site support is the most appropriate way forward. All places on TWELVE are offered on a needs basis rather than allocated according to the number of places taken up by any one school.
WHICH SCHOOL DOES THE PUPIL BELONG TO?
All placements are time limited with a timeframe of 12 weeks. No pupil in Key Stages 1 to 3 may remain for an extended period and this includes those who are permanently excluded for whom a mainstream school must be sought at the first Fair Access Panel (FAP) following permanent exclusion for any pupil without a school place / exit route. It is expected that all pupils come to Horizons Academy Bexley with a clear exit route or one is secured at the early part of their programme. No pupil should be on single roll to Horizons Academy Bexley on a long term basis as all pupils have a legal right to a school place as outlined in the Schools Admissions Code. Horizons Academy Bexley offers interventions programmes for Key Stage 1-3 pupils and NOT a school place. Local Fair Access Protocols are followed in relation to the placement of pupils who are permanently excluded.
When a young person accesses TWELVE, the focus is on them returning to their home school. Therefore, they are required to wear the uniform of their home school. This is to ensure that pupils continue to feel part of their school and not abandoned or cast out. The expectations around attendance are the same as for a mainstream school and vital for the pupil to gain full benefit from the programme. We include the student’s parents/carers and home school throughout the process, with the parents and a staff member from the school, required to be present at the student’s interview at Horizons Academy Bexley, and at all the subsequent meetings.
Following the Referrals Meeting, schools are informed of outcomes and contact is subsequently made to organize next steps.
All pupils offered a place on Primary TWELVE attend a pre-admission meeting attended by their home school, parents / carers and the pupil. Where attendance is an issue, the home school EWO must also attend to agree parameters of engagement and other services may be invited where this is felt supportive of the placement. At this meeting dates for induction and baseline assessment are organized where the pupil attends appointments at Horizons Academy Bexley arranged around attendance in their home school. Psychometric testing is also organized as part of this process to inform planning for intervention from the Psychology Service. At this point the pupil is not yet on the PRU roll. The only exception to this is in the case of permanently excluded pupils who must attend from Day 6. It is still an expectation that the excluding school attends the pre-admission meeting to hand over information and contribute to the identification of need in order to give the pupil the best preparation for the programme to be successful. Permanently excluded pupils must remain on the home school roll until after the date of appeal has passed.
PARTNERSHIP WORKING WITH SCHOOLS AND MEETINGS:
The first meeting held after is the Planning Meeting which takes place after 2 weeks. This meeting is to set IEP targets, ascertain what the barriers are to success in mainstream currently and to undertake and agree risk assessments, Positive Handling Plans (PHPs) and intervention strategies/programmes. A review meeting follows at the mid-point, week 6-7, and reintegration meeting in the home or reintegrating school at week 11. In addition to these meetings, progress is reported to home schools ‘as average steps of progress’. These are taken from our academic tracking system that is based on PiXL’s tracking system, KS223. In addition to this numerical data, each student receives a 6 and 11 week report highlighting progress made by reporting on ‘I can’ statements, success measured against IEP targets, attendance, behavioural improvements and ability to interact appropriately with staff and peers. Reporting is on academic progress in core subject areas alongside observational feedback on engagement in learning, motivation and interaction with staff and peers.
EXPECTATIONS OF PUPILS ATTENDING THE TWELVE PROGRAMME:
There is an expectation that students arrive to Horizons Academy Bexley on time, and attend all lessons. Students can arrive to school for Breakfast Club at 8.15am, but must be in school by 8.30am. At the beginning and the end of each day, the students have 2 half hour tutorials. There are 6 lessons, each 45 minutes long, with a break of 15 minutes, and a lunch-break of 30 minutes which splits the day.
TWELVE students follow a rotational curriculum. This means our subjects have schemes of work run for a 12 week period. The curriculum focuses on the skills required for a learner to access and make maximum progress on return to mainstream education, whilst allowing the students the opportunity to work on other skills, such as social interaction, that would not be possible if the curriculum were aimed at individual students.
To prepare them for their return to their home school, at the 6 week review meeting, the student will meet a member from the NHF Outreach team. Each student will receive support from the team beginning in week 8, whilst still at Horizons Academy Bexley, and continuing through to their sixth week back in mainstream with some reintegration support extending to week 12. The support is intensive on the students’ return, with the Outreach worker visiting on three occasions in the first two weeks, twice in the next two, then on one occasion in the final two weeks of our support, at which time the home school resumes full responsibility for the young person’s education. Specific, individualized work is undertaken during this time alongside training and support for school staff in order that a handover can take place for the pupil with responsibility being returned to their home school for the continuation of the pathway the student is following. However, schools may contact the Outreach Team for continued support and advice and guidance following the finalizing of the reintegration programme as our ultimate aim is to ensure that all students are successful on their return to school.