ESOL at RISE Croydon
Intervention Programmes. The provision at the Croydon site is a unique, dedicated school for Key Stage 4 and ESOL learners. We have created a caring and nurturing environment where students feel safe and supported. This environment contributes to their learning, along with the team of experienced teaching staff. We have core subjects of Maths, English and ICT leading to qualifications in Functional Skills exams.
Our programme is enriched by Citizenship, where our learners gain understanding of British customs and values, Art in Literacy and Numeracy, and PHSE. We also take the students on trips, for example to museums, art galleries and the local Croydon area, which is rich in diversity. Our students progress to further education colleges but we remain in contact with them as part of our continuation of care.
ESOL students who have been excluded generally present as disaffected and not engaging in education. Reasons for exclusion often involve fighting with other students or aggressive behaviour. They will have missed several weeks of education prior to attending at RISE Croydon. These students present problems when they do not comply with school rules, i.e. punctuality, uniform, homework etc. The majority of new asylum seekers and refugees are very keen to accept all opportunities for education and therefore students with behavioural problems disrupt the harmony of the setting. We at RISE Croydon provide a safe, nurturing environment which promotes learning and understanding of community values. It is imperative that the group dynamics are not compromised by unacceptable behaviours. The integration of excluded students must be carefully managed.
The excluded students will have a reduced timetable where they attend initially for morning sessions only, from 9.30am to 12.15pm, with a break every forty-five minutes. (See attached timetable). They will be working one to one with a mentor every morning for one hour on an intervention programme. They will have opportunities to understand their behaviour, set goals and review performance. The remaining time will be spent with a teaching assistant working through English and Maths workbooks. There is an implication for increased staff levels to achieve this. This probationary period will be reviewed after the first two weeks with the foster carer and a decision will be made whether to allow the student to join the main group. This will be dependent on the student’s compliance with school policies and attitude to learning.
RISE Croydon will make every effort to help and support vulnerable ESOL learners. We will work with the student, carer and other agencies if necessary, to ensure that the student is able to access education and have a positive experience with us.