The Alternative School - Included, not excluded

What subjects do we deliver?

We deliver a wide range of subjects, based around our own curriculum and working along side The National Curriculum, including Maths, English, ICT, Career Planning, Personal Development, General Studies, Creative Expression, Drama, Citizenship, Lifestyle, Cultural Awareness, Sport, Outdoor Education, Entrepreneur Projects, and many more depending on the aspirations of each young person attending.

How do we fit within The National Curriculum and how many hours constitutes full-time?

We start with a few hours a week and slowly build up to between 16 and 25 hours a week. This will depend on the needs and personal circumstances of each individual learner. We will not ask learners to slot into other peoples timetables just to suit us, but will start with a few hours each week, gradually building up confidence and interest in other subjects and activities whilst encouraging daily attendance. Although some students may attend for one, two hours a day, that amounts to at least 5-10 hours positive education. Remember, schools operate on approx 18/19 taught hours on average per week once you have taken out breaks, lunch times, assemblies and registration.

How are we funded?

We receive our income direct from Schools, County Councils, Pupil Access, Social Services and also small amounts from other sources such as YPS (which is the coming together of LCC Youth & Community Service and Lancashire Connexions), Lancashire Constabulary, Parents, Private Contributions and funding raised by ourselves or applied for, for specific projects.

Do we have official policies & procedures?

We have a whole range of policies, procedures, risk assessments and evidence file of work that we have done - please ask to come in and have a look at any time. All of our staff are fully qualified, receive on-going in house and external training, are CRB checked and are all pursuing additional career development through either college or university.

Are we adequately insured?

Absolutely we are fully insured and also ensure that any work placement or activity provider that we may use for The Duke of Edinburgh award is also fully covered.

Why are we different to other providers?

We are different to other education providers as we work with young people on an individual basis and help them to produce their own individual learning plan. We are driven by personal development and will encourage every young person to work towards The Duke of Edinburgh Award as well as other relevant qualifications appropriate to their career aspirations. We believe that learning should be fun, not target driven and that once young people are involved in planning their own future, attendance improves, confidence grows and the young person leaves us ready to take on the world.

What are our attendance rates?

Attendance rates average between 78-100% - fantastic results. We even have students coming in during the holidays and staying late after school as they enjoy the relaxed and non-threatening environment.

What qualifications can young people achieve?

Qualifications include – Support with GCSE Maths, English. Adult Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, Key Skills, Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver, Gold. Personal Development, V50 Voluntary award, Health & Safety L2, Basic Food Hygiene L2, Various on-line courses and anything else that may be appropriate for that young person to make that leap into further education or apprenticeships.

Who funds the place at TAS?

A place at TAS may be funded by your school, local education authority, social services, parents or others. Please call us to discuss your options further and we will advise you of your individual options.