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Chessbrook

Education Support Centre

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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.

The main aims of these programmes is to ensure a successful transition into Chessbrook ESC.

Lessons in the A & I programme include Maths, English, Sport, PSHE, Art, Food Technology and Land Studies. There are also a range of assessments carried out to assess the students current working levels and identify effective recommendations for supporting the 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 Assessment and Induction period, the parents/carers and student are invited to a summary meeting with the Induction Co-ordinator and a member of the Leadership Team 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 or a continuation at Chessbrook ESC.