The Pupil Inclusion Project is a project for young people with difficulties, not for difficult young people.
Designed to meet the ever changing needs of young people who have been excluded from mainstream education, the Pupil Inclusion Project offers a flexible and organic alternative educational programme. Our aim is to offer young people the skills and confidence to develop and make positive changes in their lives, particularly in relation to work and education. We hope that the young people will contribute effectively to their communities as a result.
“I really enjoy PIP, Staff are amazing and supportive” (Young Person)
Education changes lives, it provides opportunity, it enables individuals to shape their futures, it builds stronger, more tolerant and cohesive societies, it is the foundation of a strong economy. In short, education matters.
We offer a programme that is empowering, inclusive, expressive, educational and fun.
The aim of the project is to help develop the academic, personal and social potential of each individual in the most professional and concerned way. This is achieved through supporting young people’s re-integration into mainstream education, vocational training or further education.
A planned programme of events is produced each term, with the help of the young people, to encourage ownership and empowerment. The project is delivered on a weekly basis throughout the school year, where each young person attends one day per week at Gabalfa Community Centre and the remainder of the week at either Bryn y Deryn or work-based training providers.
“PIP is sick, we always have a laugh" (Young Person)
The primary purpose of the Pupil Inclusion Project is to raise each pupil’s self-esteem and confidence, thereby developing their life and social skills. This involves setting realistic, achievable targets based on the young person's choice and a planned programme of events.
It is important that we provide an organic, safe and stimulating learning environment giving opportunities to develop personal knowledge and skills. Each young person is treated as an individual through our flexible, informal approach. We achieve this by having realistic expectations based on the individual's history and needs. Initial assessment from our partner Bryn y Deryn, as well as our ongoing assessments of emotional, social and academic needs, make these preparations possible.
The core objective of the Pupil Inclusion project is to offer a broad range of challenging, educational and social experiences which allow participants to be heard. These experiences are safe, supportive and non-threatening, and are designed to promote interpersonal relationships, confidence-building and inclusivity.
The programme structure aims to suit the individual needs of its learners, removing barriers to the development of an individual's full potential to become a lifelong learner. Therefore, appropriate behaviour and moral development should be developed throughout the project.
The confidence-building and inclusive nature of the project means that plenty of opportunities for achievement and accreditation are provided. Celebrating success, which proves essential when encouraging young people to participate and reflect upon their progress, is a key part of the project.
The following activities are part of the Pupil Inclusion Project:
Adventure, art and design, careers, community involvement, computer studies, conservation, cookery, coping with adolescence, emotional literacy, employment and training, environment, first aid, healthy eating, hygiene, music, outdoor activities, photography, sexual health / CSE, social awareness (relationship building), sporting activities : golf, football, rugby, swimming, squash, badminton, boxing and substance misuse training.
QUALIFICATIONS & ACCREDITATION
BTEC Vocational Studies
Sports Leadership Award