Future Education

Our School

Future Education is an Independent Special School for boys and girls aged 13-16 that have been excluded from mainstream education and require specialist teaching, facilities, resources and adult support.

The school provides a broad and balanced academic, personal and vocational education for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs and/or other Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Based in Norwich, the school accepts pupils from across Norfolk and Suffolk and provides a range of additional services in education, training, outreach and family support.

Key information about our school – at a glance:

  • Small classes – no more than 6 pupils in each class supported by a Qualified Teacher and at least one Teaching Assistant
  • Academic qualifications – Pupils can access a range of Functional Skills, AQA Awards and GCSE qualifications in English, Maths, Science and other subjects
  • Pastoral support – every pupil has a lead Teacher who is the key point of contact for pastoral issues and for the family
  • Vocational learning – Pupils can access range of vocational on and off-site learning including trades, media and other activities – all of which are accredited
  • Therapeutic input – Therapists and clinical professionals provide additional support and implement ‘whole school secure base’ ethos and practice amongst staff
  • Wellbeing & relationships – The school views relationships and emotional wellbeing as vital to learning and works hard to build trust
  • Partnership working – Staff work closely with other agencies, pupils and their families to provide extra support and help in a range of areas
  • Engagement – staff go the extra mile to engage pupils in learning, through assertive outreach, activities, build up schedules and individualised curriculum and timetables

Vision and values

Vision: A vision statement is a clear description of what we want to achieve in the long term. All of our decisions and activities are intended to get us to that point.

Future Education’s vision is of vibrant and strong communities which are free from disadvantage or deprivation.

Mission: A mission statement is a clear description of our core purpose – why we exist and what we do.

Future Education’s mission is to provide a balanced vocational, academic and personal education to pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, engaging them in learning, inspiring them to achieve, and nurturing them to become successful adults.

Ethos: The ethos is the defining culture or guiding beliefs of an organisation – how we go about our mission.

Future Education believes in providing a nurturing and supportive environment where pupils with diverse needs can re-engage with learning on an individual basis, whilst insisting on high standards of work and behaviour.

We truly care for the pupils in our school and their families and recognise that in order to give the same access to opportunities we must treat each person as an individual. As such, everything we do is considered in the child’s best interests.

We believe that only through meaningful relationships of trust and understanding can we help pupils develop the wellbeing and confidence to learn and grow.

Core Values: Our values support our vision, shape our ethos, and reflect what we value as a school.

Future Education’s values are ‘GOODCARE’ and we endeavour to embed these within the behaviours of both our staff and pupils.

  • Growth: encouraging confidence and resilience in pupils, and equipping them with the experience and tools they need to grow into successful adults with positive futures
  • Outcomes: focusing on achieving real change and progression for each and every pupil regardless of their starting point
  • Organisation: being well organised and making the best use of time and resources to achieve our mission
  • Determination: displaying a relentless drive and motivation to overcome barriers in order to succeed and achieve
  • Caring: providing consistent and reliable care for each child, building positive relationships which act as a ‘secure base’ from which children can develop and be supported to maximise their potential.
  • Adaptability: being child centred and adapting the way we work to suit each pupil, understanding their individual needs and situations and utilising this to help them learn
  • Responsibility: holding ourselves and others to account, and accepting responsibility for our decisions and actions
  • Equality & Diversity: understanding, respecting, and celebrating our differences and similarities, and ensuring that everybody has access to opportunities to learn and grow

Approach to learning: we recognise that pupils in our school have experienced difficulties in mainstream education settings. Many pupils have experienced difficulties outside of school too, and this often manifests itself in negative behaviours and disengagement with education.

In order to address this, our approach to engaging pupils in learning and education is as follows:

ENGAGE

Providing activities and experiences which bind and hold the child's engagement in learning

Creative, Interesting, personalised approach

Broad and flexible curriculum

Positive attachment and relationships of trust

Assertive outreach for school refusers

NURTURE

Being a secure base, caring and guiding the child and family through

Clinical and Therapeutic input

High levels of Adult Learning Support

Family Support, Advice and Guidance

Focus on positive mental health and wellbeing

INSPIRE

Providing access to quality learning and outcomes regardless of special needs or barriers

GCSEs and quality academic focus

Flexible and differentiated learning

Vocational and experiential opportunities

Learning to live and grow into adults

This approach is underpinned and supported by:

  • EHCPs, Special Needs and Assessment data
  • Therapeutic & Reflective Practice Development
  • The Secure Base approach
  • Strong Governance & Leadership