“When time is short and resources are squeezed, it is vital that schools are choosing the options that have been tested and demonstrated positive outcomes in the past, to stack the odds that they will produce similar benefits again.”
Dr Jo Casebourne, Early Intervention Foundation Chief Executive.
Switch Midlands is committed to supporting vulnerable young people in schools. To achieve this we believe that cost-effective, targeted early interventions are vital and we have several options available to referring organisations.
At its heart, our service works towards preventing the need for schools to exclude pupils. We achieve this by offering support both in our centre and as outreach through our Switch Coaches Programme.
Our programmes help young people understand how situations and issues arise and then develop the skills to approach concerns in a more reflective way, allowing them to be more effective in solving their own problems and feel more in control.
Our emphasis is placed on supporting young people to make good choices in both their educational and personal lives, giving them the ability to recognise and respond to their own emotions, form effective peer and adult relationships and to persevere through difficulties.
Our programmes aim to positively impact on 6 key development areas:
We are able to support pupils using our own evidence-based learning programmes, designed and delivered by our extremely experienced and trained staff, all of which hold enhanced DBS checks and safeguarding qualifications, plus a range of therapeutic intervention specialisms.Meet the Team
Our Switch Centre is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday (9.30am-2.30pm) during term time. This support is designed for students who may benefit from a more intensive intervention package to help identify and reflect on issues that are negatively impacting on their education. The essential component of our support is values-based, placing emphasis on the building, repairing and maintaining of positive relationships. This enables pupils to develop new skills and guides conduct so that they respond appropriately, behave with integrity and cooperate consistently well with others.
Every pupil that participates receives The Open Awards Badge of Excellence accreditation.
We also offer outreach into school via our Switch Coaches,who will visit schools to work directly with individual pupils, small groups and their families. Outreach can be offered both in and out of the classroom, or even at home, to help you identify causal factors of behaviour and attendance issues.
Our input is intended as early intervention and provides base-line measures of social and emotional well-being. Through our initial assessments you will be demonstrating the first-steps in the gathering of information for a graduated response and can help you decide whether more significant and longer-term interventions are appropriate. This can all be achieved whilst also allowing for the voice of the parent and child to be included in any future decision making.
The beauty of our approach is that it does not just stop once a programme of work is completed with a pupil, or group of pupils. It is designed to reward and develop them even further by giving an opportunity to become ambassadors for behaviour, personal development and wellbeing.
Every pupil that participates receives The Open Awards Badge of Excellence accreditation, followed by the opportunity to work towards Peer Mentoring qualifications.