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 individualized 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

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


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