The Sherwood Education Centre
The Sherwood Education Centre is our small group provision of Home Education for students in KS3 and 4 (Years 7 -11) who are medically unfit to attend their own schools due to anxiety–related reasons – but who are fit to work outside of their homes and have not been able to transition back into mainstream.
Teaching sessions take place at the Sherwood Education Centre and pupils attend full time (9.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.) if they are medically able to do so.
Students are taught in small groups in a safe, friendly environment by a small team of specialist Teachers and Teaching Assistants. They receive excellent pastoral support from skilled practitioners.
Unlike being on 1:1 Home Education, students are able to socialise and meet other young people in the group. They can make friends and not become isolated at home.
Students receive specialist teaching in English, Maths and Science as well as having the opportunity to study additional foundation subjects, SMSC (including PSHE), ICT, e-safety and sport.
Students working towards GCSEs may take their examinations on site. We also offer alternative accreditation such as AIM Awards, Functional Skills, Bronze Arts Award and Food Hygiene certificates. Each student has an individual programme of work, tailored to their needs. Travel training is an important element of our curriculum, combined with off-site visits, which are part of our curriculum enrichment programme. A range of visits takes place over the year including to the theatre, art galleries, the local Community Orchard and tasters to local colleges.
The Home Education service is coordinated from the Sherwood Education Base. A team of sessional tutors, managed by the coordinators, meets the needs of, on average, 40 students a year with medical and anxiety-related needs. Each student receives 5 hours tuition a week.
When a student is ill with a physical or mental health condition, a Home Education Teacher may be provided to continue their education whilst they are unable to attend school, if this is expected to last more than 3 weeks. Referrals for Home Education are made by the student’s school, accompanied by written medical support from their Hospital Consultant, Paediatrician or other medical specialists. Home Education is provided as a temporary measure and it is hoped that the student will return to full-time education as soon as possible.
If a student is unable to return to school, for health related reasons, after the initial 6-week period, the Home Education team routinely request medical information/advice. Ongoing medical support is required if Home Education is to continue. The Home Education team work in partnership with the home school and other services and agencies supporting the student.
The curriculum offered on Home Education has an emphasis on core curriculum subjects. Students also learn about SMSC, PSHE, self-development and Online/e safety. We also offer enrichment activities such as theatre trips and visits to art galleries. Students can choose to come on trips to the community orchard to make apple juice or nettle soup and cut wood for a campfire.
The qualifications that students work towards are tailored to their needs. They can take GCSEs, Functional Skills at L1 or L2 or work toward AIM awards. They can also prepare the Bronze Arts Award.