We work with schools, families and Local Authorities to tailor bespoke Intervention packages based on the individual needs of the child or young person. Working on a 'child first, funding later' basis ensures that the children are always at the centre of what we do.
All of our Interventions are unique, filtering in the needs of the schools & families.
With an aim to drive Intervention costs down for schools, we are happy to look at the current spend, to provide much more, for much less, freeing up areas within the budget to be able to support more children with a creative model, which can enable schools to afford to buy more resources and even recruit more staff.
Our main areas of expertise are:
- Students with SEND and/or SEMH needs
- Students at risk of exclusion
-Post 16 students with SEND and/or SEMH needs
-Training for professionals on how to identify a need, understanding trauma informed practice and adopting a Growth Mindset approach in your setting and other relevant training in these areas.
In some cases, we can provide a number of trained, professional mentors, to help assist the children with SEND and/or SEMH needs, fully funded.
All of our mentors are highly qualified, experienced and skilled in supporting young people with their well-being, have a depth of understanding of SEND and SEMH needs and how to best support and have a large focus on raising aspirations, building self confidence and increasing the employability of young people. Our mentors work with the whole family to ensure they are all supported and that the child can achieve the best outcomes. The mentor then works directly with and on behalf of the child and their family, linking with the relevant services and helping to manage the relationship between parent, school and services.
Most of the time, due to funding cuts across the board, and a significant increase in SEND and SEMH needs – reported as the highest percentage this year, ever, schools are struggling to support children with additional needs, and so we initially provide a free consultation, and in some cases the free support can be indefinite for low income schools via our specific grant funded projects, volunteer initiative and graduate schemes.
Our FICS Division stands for 'Families in Crisis Support' and is there to help do exactly how it sounds ... fix the challenges surrounding children with SEND & SEMH needs who are at crisis point, particularly across education and social care.
We provide emotional support to families and help them to have an increased understanding of the system, and our multidisciplinary team help integrate services together to ensure the best outcome for the child.
Schools, Families, Doctors, Local Authorities and other services can refer to FICS directly via our contact page.
Taking away the stresses involved in navigating a very complicated system when it comes to SEND & SEMH. We can help by sign-posting to relevant services, advocate on behalf of the child or parent to ensure they are achieving their best outcomes, and provide a bespoke plan to move forwards at a time that may feel complicated and unproductive.
We can also assist in communication between parents and schools, as at times this can be a difficult area to deal with, as schools are struggling with budget cuts and time, so we can be the link to help educate families and ensure that the child is able to achieve the best possible outcome.
Our FICS division is a completely free service, supported by various grant funders for families that are in need and/or have a child with SEND and/or SEMH needs.
Our fun and interactive lessons arm the children with a “Life Toolkit” as we deliver a bespoke life skills curriculum that has a large focus on social and emotional well-being.
We provide Prevention Programs to schools by way of a prevention programme, or they can be delivered as an After School Club and Holiday Club.
By the end of the programme, the children will be confident in understanding a wide range of Life Skills. The terms covered in our curriculum are:
Social & Emotional Wellbeing Toolkit Online Toolkit
Basic Skills Toolkit
All children will receive a mini Great Minds diploma at the
end of each term.
We know that learning is easier when you have an excellent teacher. That's why our Life Skill's Coaches (LSC's) have advanced experience in their field. Our LSC's are passionate about the subjects they teach and bring this enthusiasm into their lessons, and we don't just teach life skills. All staff are trained mentors so that all of our programs provide a wraparound support service for all the family.
Throughout all our programs, we link everything to social and emotional skills, as well as confidence, project management, teamwork and leadership, ensuring they have relevant experience when they grow into adulthood.