Do I tick these boxes?
- I must be 18 or over to study with R-OUT-ES
- I must be happy to undertake a DBS check (This is to help with work placements and also because we use the registered exam centre at a local independent secondary school for any testing
run by JCQ)
- Do I have further therapy needs in addition to educational needs? (anxiety, trauma or mental health needs / learning difficulties or SEN conditions such as MLD, dyslexia)
- Do I like very small learning groups, 1:1 support and having a laugh as I learn?
- Am I able to get EHCP funding from my LEA, charitabe funding or do I have the means to fund? (A full time placement is realistically only fundable via external sources such as an
EHCP, however part time provision is £200 for a 6 hour 1 day package -inclusive of all materials and exam fees)
R-OUT-ES is a service for young people up to the age of 25 who are unlikely to meet the college entry requirements for mainstream or specialist colleges and would find the traditional routes and
requirements of apprenticeships difficult to achieve due to learning difficulties or high social anxiety. Sadly we are not able to accept students who require 'Personal Care' but we do work on core
life skills as part of the programme.
R-OUT-ES takes place in a completely self contained building 'The Bramley Learning Hub' situated at 11 High Street, Bramley, Guildford. The premises includes a therapy lending library and small
shop at the front which is run as a 'break even' by the students, with any surplus profit going to the Born Free Foundation. Behind the main therapy lending service area is an office space where
students have access to computers, life skills and other resources. English, maths, touch typing courses all take place here, with further courses and life skills taking place out in the community
and at local venues.
What can you do at R-OUT-ES?
- Confidence skills and therapy for those who are anxious or battling with low self-esteem
- AQA Action Awards: Life skills training - completing forms, travelling, bank accounts and other financial skills, home skills, relationship skills, public speaking and
presentation, interview skills. Life skills courses are also accredited by AQA leading to recognised certification.
- Functional Skills exams in Enlgish, maths and ICT (OCR & AQA)
- Personal Interest Online courses with in-house tutor support - crafts, work with animals, ICT, music, beauty. Many of these can be turned into diploma courses
and we work with online providers to help students who would usually not be able to access their materials
- GCSE - English, maths, art and others
- Supported work experience - we have spent the last two years working in partnership with local businesses to develop a work experience programme that sits outside of
apprenticeship, but gives students real experience of professions and access to employers who can provide references. We vet our partners within this area very carefully, and our staff can also
accompany students on the experiences.
- Business skills and development. For some young people accessing the workplace can be a daunting prospect, but they are able to develop the skills to run their own small scale
enterprise doing something they love - we can support in this area.
- Whilst we have a designated building for tuition, much of the work is carried out in context, supporting students who may feel quite isolated and 'forgotten' due to their
previous experiences of trying to find post 16 provision
The service ensures that students continue
to get the high quality experience they will have experienced in SEN settings such as qualified teachers, experienced therapeutic practitioners, and designated careers advice. Any outside providers
or partnership workers are subject to the same intensive safeguarding checks as our own staff, which are fully in line with school and Further Education settings; enhanced DBS for working with young
people and adults, barred list check, teaching prohibition check, right to work in the UK check, section 128 check, qualifications check, right to work in the UK checks, on-going checks. The setting
has an its own External Board responsible for governance, and a clear safeguarding policy.