Alternative Provision

Stevenage Education Support Centre will offer a Vocational Programme of alternative provision for Key Stage 4 students in Stevenage Secondary Schools. 

This alternative provision educational package will be offered primarily to Stevenage Secondary Schools, but will be offered to schools outside of the Stevenage area, if places are available.

Vocational Programme at SESC on a Wednesday

Students will be provided with a therapeutic approach in all lessons where mentoring and a nurturing learning environment is consistent. SESC staff have experience in working with students that have social, emotional and behavioral difficulties, using strategies to achieve the best outcomes for every student.  

Students will be taught in small groups of no more than five students with a teacher and teaching assistant. Each lesson duration is 50 minutes, thus 1 block being 100 minutes of teaching and learning. The Vocational students can select two blocks from the below and these will be delivered in the morning 

Block 1: 9:00am – 10:40am 

Block 2: 10:50am – 12:30pm

The options for this are:

  • Catering (Level 1 & 2)
  • Award in Sport ( Level 1)
  • Construction (Level 1) Currently not accepting new referrals 
  • Hair and Beauty (Level 1)
  • E-Sports, as part of Duke of Edinburgh

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College Programme

  • This year we are embarking in offering students a whole day at college in a vocational area. These courses are with partners who hold the same values as the center and we will work in partnership to ensure a quality education is offered to those enrolled for their schools. Transport and TA support will be provided by the center.
  • Catering (Level 1 Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking) – HRC Turnford Campus – Monday
  • Construction *Stevenage Schools*  (Level 1 in Construction Skills) – HRC Turnford Campus – Tuesday **Full**
  • Construction *North Herts Schools*  (Level 1 in Construction Skills) – NHC Stevenage – Thursday **Full**
  • Motor Mechanics (Entry Level 3 Award an Introduction to Vehicle System Maintenance) – HRC Turnford Campus – Thursday  
  • Hair and Beauty (An Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector) – NHC Hitchin – Friday 
  • Animal Care (Level 1 Animal Care) Church Farm Ardley – Tuesday ‘NCON Award in Animal Care’. This course would be aimed at students with additional needs, or an EHCP, that work best in small groups and benefit from an inclusive, calm and engaging environment.
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Vocational Programme at SESC on a Wednesday

Year 8 Satellite Programme (September 2023) 

The Satellite programme aimed at Year 8 students. This will run at the Centre or where indicated the Football Club from 12:50 until 14:15 with a focus on vocational learning. The student can undertake a maximum of 2 afternoon sessions with us within their targeted year group. Each programme will run for a term and the reset in terms of content and enrolments. . 

  • Catering – Monday **Full**
  • Hair and Beauty – Thursday
  • Sports – Thursday **Full**
  • Art Award – Friday

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Year 9 Satellite Programme (September 2023) 

The Satellite programme aimed at Year 9 students. This will run at the Centre or where indicated the Football Club from 12:50 until 14:15 with a focus on vocational learning.  Each programme will run for a term and then reset in terms of content and enrolments. 

  • Catering – Wednesday
  • Hair and Beauty – Wednesday
  • Sports and Literacy – Wednesday **Full**

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Tute – Virtual Schools (September 2023) 

 We offer Tute virtual based curriculum through TUTE. This is an online platform in which students can access live lessons taught by a teacher virtually.

 Schools can refer using the below button:

Tute – Shared Courses (September 2023) 

We offer Tute Shared Courses through TUTE. This is an online platform in which students can access live lessons taught by a teacher virtually.

Schools can refer using the below button: