Student Services

We’re dedicated to enhancing the academic journey and empowering every young person to thrive in every aspect of student life.

Here at Employability Solutions, we know that for students to learn well, they need to feel happy, loved and be safe. Our pastoral provision is equally as important as our education provision. That’s why at each of our centres, we have a dedicated team for Student Services.

Our trauma-informed trained staff are always on hand to offer a listening ear and support in times of need and we will nurture, guide and challenge every young person in our care, to make personal progress. Our student services team are committed to supporting our young people to be heard, and with any barriers they may be facing that would get in their way of accessing education. 

This includes having a qualified Trauma Informed practitioner, regular, timetabled sessions with a team member, specific targeted interventions, supporting emotional dysregulation and advocating/liaising/signposting on behalf of our young people to other agencies.

Nadia Miller
Head of Student Services
Designated Safeguarding Lead

We believe

“It takes a village to raise a child”.

“As an organisation, we’ve never been great at shouting about the work we do, and neither our prospectus nor website will ever truly be able to explain at length the work that goes into supporting and caring for every young person that comes through our doors at Employability Solutions.

We feel that our duty of care extends beyond the school day. Opportunities for students are personalised and carefully planned. Parents and students will refer to ES as a ‘family’ and this is also how we see ourselves.

The strong links we have built within local communities and with families ensure we have a network of people all working to help our students exceed expectations and achieve outcomes far beyond their starting point.

As the Company Designated Safeguarding Lead for Employability Solutions my commitment towards ensuring young people’s safety and well-being is relentless

Young people are an essential and integral part of the community and have the same needs and vulnerabilities as any other member of the community, but they sometimes need additional support and guidance from adults around them to be safe and make different choices.”

Safeguarding

‘Safeguarding is everyone’s business’

Employability Solutions Independent School is fully committed to the Safeguarding of students and staff and those who have direct links with the school.

We actively promote the positive welfare of our students and young people and expect all staff, volunteers and partners to endorse and practice this commitment at all times.

Staff are fully trained in Safeguarding to the appropriate level and within the relevant local authority, ensuring they are familiar with the processes. Designated Safeguarding Leads in each centre have two deputies working together to competently handle safeguarding issues.

Safeguarding training is updated annually as a minimum and staff access additional CPD training, for example, Youth Mental Health First Aid and Online Safety.

 

Pastoral Care

The wellbeing of our students is given the highest priority.

We know that for students to learn well, they need to feel happy and be safe. That’s why at each of our centres, we have a dedicated lead for Student Services, providing an outstanding pastoral support service.

Staff are always on hand to offer a listening ear and support in times of need and using tried and tested coaching methods our pastoral team will nurture, guide and challenge every young person in our care to make progress that is personal to them.

Our dedicated team are there to raise the aspirations and encourage every young person to reach their full potential. The importance of friendship and healthy, active lifestyles is regularly emphasised, and we provide a rich and diverse curriculum of enrichment and community involvement. Every student is encouraged throughout their journey to participate actively in projects, volunteering or activities which will provide meaningful benefit in our community.

Student efforts are rewarded in all sorts of ways appropriate to the individual, and their victories celebrated through our celebration and reward assemblies.

Student wellbeing

Ensuring all students can manage their well-being effectively is crucial for their academic success and long-term life satisfaction.  This is often impacted by things outside their control, such as experiencing adverse childhood experiences, and social and environmental factors.

Through our PSHE curriculum addressing things like stress, mental health, and physical health and creating an environment where students can be educated safely, we believe students can then thrive both academically and personally.

Here at Employability Solutions, we actively promote positive well-being by encouraging and supporting our young people to:

  • Gain greater self-confidence and control.
  • Take steps to Improve quality of life
  • Having healthier behaviours
  • Gain a better understanding of their own health/diagnoses
  • Understand Social, Emotional, and Mental health
  • Improve their Physical Health
  • Gain Financial knowledge and understanding
  • Access NHS services
  • Access Wellbeing packs we provide
  • Access a non-means tested bursary

 

Promoting Positive Behaviour

We have high expectations of our students and believe that they will learn and feel safe, secure and positive about themselves if they have clear and consistent boundaries.

Our school successfully creates a welcoming, calm and purposeful atmosphere in which students are valued as individuals and treated with dignity and respect.

Small class sizes, longer contact time and excellent resources ensure the learning environment is conducive to positive behaviour. In keeping with our ethos, our restorative approach to handling mistakes gives the students an opportunity to take responsibility for their actions, make amends and move forward. We do this through structured coaching conversations, guidance and support using Dr Dan Hughes’ PACE approach.

 

Why? So in a nutshell

The human brain doesn’t finish developing until we are in our mid-twenties, and so the teenage brain is very different from what it will become as an adult. This has significant implications for decision-making.

The last part of the brain to develop is the pre-frontal cortex, which is the part that weighs up risk and consequence, forms judgments and controls impulses and emotions. This means it can be much harder for teenagers to think ahead and make sensible decisions.

Our team at Employability go above and beyond to keep our young people safe and well which includes a comprehensive and relative curriculum that is delivered both by Pastoral specialists and outside agencies including:

  • We are with you
  • Barnardos
  • Locala
  • CELLS project
  • Perception Theatre

Daily check-ins with experienced and understanding Pastoral team members which can include interventions on a particular subject, walks, and physical activities as we believe young people are more likely to share worries when they are participating in something they enjoy.

Contextualised safeguarding for our young people is something we pride ourselves on and as we employ local people and are based in the centre of the communities we serve our knowledge is the thing that often helps us to get deep down to the heart of the issue and have our young people not only have the knowledge of how to keep themselves safe but have the strategies within their community to stay safe and can identify services which can support them to stay safe.

All young people have the right to feel safe and have safe adults and a community around them to support them. As an Education Provider, we believe all young people can only access learning when they feel a sense of belonging and safe

As part of our commitment to supporting both our young people and families we are committed to we are trained and operate using several LA procedures. Additional support that we offer to our families every week are:

  • Food parcels
  • Home visits
  • Advocacy at meetings with
  • professionals

We participate in a project with Merseyside Police called Operation Encompass alongside all other schools in Liverpool.  The project aims to support children who are affected by domestic abuse.  Our safeguarding team are all trained to liaise with the police when required, whilst ensuring support is available to the child.

If you would like to speak to someone further about the project or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Nadia Miller.

If you are worried your child has viewed or received inappropriate content on social media, please inform one of our pastoral team as soon as possible so we can support them.

Please see the links below for support and information on how to remove content:

For advice and support on agencies who can support and offer advice to you and your child with concerns you may have:

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