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​14-16 Alternative Provision at Heritage Park

 

Our School works closely with the 14-25 Progressions Team who provide alternative provision to learners between the ages of 14 and 25. For learners who are still of school age, the Progressions Team is able to offer a wide range of alternative provision options. These focus on GCSE equivalent courses through the 'Direct Programme', or more vocational entry level and accredited courses through the 'Flexible Programme'.

Vocational courses allow our students the opportunity to gain the skills they need to work in a particular industry or job of their interest. The courses are for students who have clear idea of the sort of job they want to do in the future or who want to explore vocational opportunities.

Courses take place off school site at training providers.

Flexible Programme (Entry Level)

Target group - Key Stage 3 and 4 students who would benefit from, usually one or two days off site, the remainder of the time typically spent in school. School works closely with a Placement Support Officer from the 14-25 Progressions Team to match students to placements throughout the school year. This programme can be tailored to meet the needs of individual students.

Programme duration: Ongoing (minimum half term blocks)

Qualifications: Entry level and AQA Unit Awards

Direct Programme
Target group: Y10 students who are operating at NC Level 4 in Y9, would be suitable for Level 1 Work related Learning qualifications and students who are assessed at Level 5 or above would be suitable for Level 2 WRL qualifications. The vast majority of courses are delivered on a single day or half day per week.

Programme duration: Two years

Qualifications: Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications - BTECs and equivalents

The purpose of the programme is to widen learner choice, raise learner aspirations, raise achievement, improve progression and to provide young people with transferrable skills that will enable them to play an active part in the local economy.

 The qualifications offered within the Alternative Provision Programme are equal to the following GCSE grades:

GCSE Grade

Current points equivalenceLevel 1 / 2 Grade structurePoints equivalence from 2016
A*58 8
Level 2 Distinction7.5
A52 7
Level 2 Merit6.5
B46 6
 5.5
C40Level 2 Pass5
 4.5
D34Level 1 Distinction4
 3.5
E28Level 1 Merit3
 2.5
F22 2
Level 1 Pass1.5
G16 1
  

 

Quality Assurance & Performance Management Review (PMR)

Reviews are held with providers on a regular basis; the frequency is determined by risk banding. The purpose of the visit is to ensure that the performance of training providers is quality assured, reviewed and reported upon in order to reflect upon the quality of the 'learning experience' of learners and to identify possible areas for development that will contribute to continuous improvement. The extended school coordinator liaises with staff at placements regularly in order to monitor attendance and ongoing progress. 

Learning and Achievement

All providers have clear schemes of work, based on the expected outcomes and setting out activities, resources, assessment opportunities, arrangements for inclusion and challenging the more able students.

We receive student progress reports three times a year, these are shared with the student then forwarded to parents and carers.

Additional alternative provision

Some of our students also have access to therapeutic interventions. These are delivered off site, where staff work in a young person centred way to create a safe, therapeutic environment where strengths and interests are built upon and confidence grows thus promoting engagement with education.

Work Based Placements

Some of our students attend work based placements one day a week for an agreed length of time.

Work experience can help students learn some of the basics about working life, for example developing confidence, understanding relationships at work, dress codes, expected behaviour, development of health and safety awareness, increased knowledge of the opportunities and career paths available.

Students may source their own placement or we may be able to help students find a placement. All placements are monitored closely by school and representatives from Sheffield City Council.