Alternative Provision (AP)
We provide a unique programme for Alternative Provision (AP) education. We bridge the gap between mainstream schools and traditional AP, where young people can try new activities, develop new skills and enhance their social as well as educational abilities. We deliver practical, transferrable work skills, and help to make young people confident about themselves and have more belief in their capabilities.
Our high quality educational experience is independent, linked to the National Curriculum and completely tailored to the individual needs of young people. Every child is unique and multiple complex behaviours shape their development, and that’s something we can nurture through our varied range of activities. Some students might want to through themselves into group activities such as fence building, whilst others will be happiest sitting in a greenhouse planting seeds.
Who do you accept?
We accept referrals from schools, parents, local authorities as well as a number of self-referrals.
We understand that there can be a number of reasons that students seek out or are referred to us for Alternative Provision. Some young people can’t attend a mainstream school for reasons such as exclusions, behavioural issues, short or long-term illnesses, complete school refusal or even teenage pregnancy.
Gro-Organic also runs and effective programme for post-16 transition. Some students may have had some trouble in school and can’t get into college, so we also work with 16-18 year olds to get them work-ready. What’s more, we also work with quality local providers – we will give young people provision in terms of enhancing the skills, but connect them with their own communities.
Are you DBS Checked?
All of our staff are fully DBS checked to Level 3 Safeguarding Trained, and we carry out enhanced DBS checked every 6 months. We are contract-ready with Solihull council, so we’re able to cut through red tape quickly to help young people as quickly as possible.
What do young people learn and do during AP?
We work with children and young students to develop a range of adaptive personal skills including:
- Team Work
- Time Keeping
- Active Citizenship
Job related key skills are developed through landscaping work and gardening knowledge, and we can offer activities such as:
- Laying Turf
- Preparing the Site
- Laying Slabs
- Fencing and Decking
- Seed Sowing
- Crop Rotation
- Planting Trees and Bulbs
- Hen Care