Stevenage Education Support Centre will offer a Wednesday 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.

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

The Wednesday Programme will offer Key Stage 4 students the opportunity to follow a vocational curriculum in:

  • Construction; lessons follow the BTEC Qualification Level 1 and will include carpentry skills, plumbing and electrical work
  • Hair & Beauty; this is an opportunity for students to have an introduction to the Hair and Beauty sector by following BTEC Level 1 Hair and Beauty qualification
  • Cooking; lessons will work towards the BTEC Level 1 home cooking qualification. This will provide students with basic cooking methods and important life skills.  A range of recipes are selected for the students to make encouraging a balanced diet
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths Level 1 and 2; these will add the academic element to the Programme. Students are taught in small groups comprising of a teacher and teaching assistant.  Examinations for Functional Skills will be sat periodically throughout the academic year

Students will be taught in small groups of no more than six students with a teacher and teaching assistant. Each lesson duration is one hour.

Students will be given breakfast and lunch at the Centre.  All resources for cooking and construction lessons will be funded by Stevenage Education Support Centre.