This specification runs in line with early government documents in placing an emphasis on working with young people at risk (defined as those assessed as not in education, employment or training [NEET] or who are at risk of, or who already fall into the following categories: teenage pregnancy, drugs, alcohol or substance abuse or offending). There are also specific targets and performance indicators linked to work with these groups. Last academic year 15 out of 18 students went on to college or training from our year 11 cohort. We encourage our students to participate in pre 16 college and extended work experience placements, which we believe can help and support the transition post 16. In addition, the Oakfield project is a Champion School for EOTAS within the Raising Participation Age (phase two and phase three trials).
The Oakfield Project is looking to support vulnerable students who are disengaged from mainstream education and who are likely to have a number of challenges in their lives. These may include some of the following:
· Those who are classed as a, Child In Care, an Asylum Seeker or Pupils with SEN
· Those who have involvement with other support agencies
· Those who are vulnerable to alcohol or substance misuse
· Those who are involved with the Youth Offending Team or are at risk of offending
· Those who show difficulties within a social or family context
· Those who have emotional or behavioural difficulties
Currently the project has the capacity to support approximately 30 students. Each student that is referred to us will be considered upon consultation with their current school.