What is Restart?

The programme is designed to provide a quality education experience to students that are at risk of suspension from mainstream. It is designed as a preventative tool to avoid that ultimate consequence.

Throughout a cross-curricular offer we will be able to deepen students’ understanding of Cultural Capital, Skills for employability, their connection and relationship with the World and their community. We support students to increase their agency, independent learning and capacities to function in a wider

To do this we introduce core subjects through the individualised journey each student takes, providing a unique approach tailored to each student whilst maintaining close communication with their school. This means that we will be able to offer a bespoke pedagogy that resonates with the individual. Students are exposed to topics and concepts that may not be part of their everyday teaching and
learning experience but introduces a different learning opportunity.

The reason behind this is to offer students an opportunity to learn to reflect on their own education journey, to appreciate important aspects of their identity and the place they have in the wider community. They learn to create, manage and design a project, from the initial research to the action plan and execution. Students will produce a unique portfolio that evidences their learning experience while in the SESC. This enables students to increase their own learning capacity, their personal self-mastery and self-reflection skills. With a tangible portfolio of evidence we are offering students an opportunity to
reflect and to present their unique findings and experience back to their schools, presenting themselves in a different light.


“Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself” (John Dewey)  

The pedagogy approach behind this model is to support students to fulfil their potential while they discover or rediscover their capacities for doing something that does not conflict but enhance their school curricular experience.  They will need to learn as independent learners, increasing their self-agency and control over their learning. We want to project learners to a future where education is “for them” and to be able to see opportunities and not obstacles.  We want our students to increase their personal self-mastery.

A centre of excellence for inspiring successful futures 

The SESC vision is at the core of this pedagogic design, inspiring successful futures can be achieved when Learners engage in their own learning, owning and having a level of independence and control, reengaging with their capacity to learn and improve.  Each individual needs to be projected to an achievable future and supported with tools, skills and knowledge to do so.


Our method is a completely individualized learning opportunity, using Inquiry and discussions, open questions and evidencing the journey. Students will be provided with the matrix of the program and they will apply all aspects of our vision into individual responses. They will collect information, learn to
analyse and discuss in collaborative manner.

Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which students learn by actively
engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects. 

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.

Portfolios can be a powerful catalyst for integrative learning and holistic development as
well as a tool for self-individual and professional development. 


Rony Ford – Restart Co-ordinator

Email:  r.ford@stevenage-esc.herts.sch.uk

Stevenage Education Support Centre, Collenswood Road, Stevenage,, Hertfordshire,

Tel: 01438 369119

Restart Referral Form