Starting at Chessbrook

Assessment and Induction for years 9, 10 and 11

Students are referred to Chessbrook ESC, following a referral request from a mainstream school / outside agency and the recommendation of the Integration Panel. They attend an initial meeting with members of staff from Chessbrook, their parents/carers and a professional from the previous school (where applicable). This meeting aims to outline the Assessment and Induction programme (A&I) as well as the rules and expectations of Chessbrook ESC.

Students attending A & I will have 6 lessons Tuesday - Friday, three in the centre and three via our virtual classroom. On Monday students with a parent / carer are expected to attend Stop and Think and then students access three lessons via our virtual classroom.

The main aims of these programmes is to ensure a successful transition into Chessbrook ESC, a successful return to mainstream or a successful application for an Education Health Care Plan.

Lessons in the A & I programme include Maths, English, Sport, PSHE, Art, Food Technology and Land Studies. The assessments are in line with the SEND Code of Practice; implementation of the Code provides accurate analysis of the causes of low academic achievement and leads to effective recommendations for supporting pupils’ progress. We are aware that in our setting it is particularly important that attainment on entry is judged and recorded effectively, in order that progress can be tracked quickly and efficiently to underpin any further provision.

Each new student is allocated a Personalised Learning Mentor (PLM) for the duration of their time at Chessbrook. The PLM is a key element of Personalised Learning. The PLM is part mentor, part advocate and part advisor. He or she is there to ensure that the student makes as much progress as possible at the centre, whether this is in practical subjects, academic subjects or in social and emotional development. In addition, the PLM will also liaise with outside agencies, such as other educational providers, and accompany the student to any interviews that might arise.

The PLM will meet with their mentee on a regular basis, including home visits and weekly phone calls, to discuss any issues the student may be experiencing whilst they are at Chessbrook. It will be the PLM’s duty to liaise, whenever necessary, with parents / carers to inform them of any rewards or sanctions their child has received over the week. The PLM will be the first point of call for the parent / carer whilst their child is at Chessbrook.

At the end of the six week period, the parents/carers and student are invited to a summary meeting with the Induction Co-ordinator and an Assistant Headteacher as well as their Personalised Learning Mentor, (PLM), to discuss the outcomes of the induction period and the most appropriate way forward for the student,  The Assessment and Induction summary review includes both assessment results as well as feedback from individual subject staff and is the basis for any recommendations made. This may be a return to mainstream school, a continuation at Chessbrook ESC or the consideration of an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) if special provision is required.

The student timetables may be a mixture of lessons, e-learning and off-site Alternative Provision. There may be a period of time where a student is asked to do their learning at home where work is provided by Chessbrook staff with support from the Personalised Learning team. This is known as Personalised Learning.  The Personalised Learning Coordinator is Mrs Sara Osborn.