Alternative Education

 We offer 2 main types of placements for KS3 & KS4 students:
  • One to one placements (2hrs)
  • Small group placements (5hrs)

Placements are welcome from any setting and for any purpose. Examples could include:

  • 1 day per week placement to complement in school learning for 4 days per week
  • 1 day per week placement to support a student at risk of exclusion
  • 1 day per week to form a package of support for a student with high level needs (examples of ASD / ADHD / ODD)
  • 1 day per week placement for a student ‘looked after’ to support a PEP package
  • Placements for students who have been permanently excluded, dual role, awaiting EHCP assessment
  • Placements with Partnership Schools, Private Sector Education provision to offer an offsite programme placement

We are able to deliver a maximum of 2.5 days per week provision to KS3 & KS4 students.

All student placements are charged at £155 per student per day.

If a group of 3 students are referred together was a working group from a school then we will come in and collect/provide return transport and carry out in school handovers. This reduces the schools requirement to fund transport.
All our work is tailored to the individual needs of students. We not have fixed programmes, students get to create programme content with youth workers by negotiating 50% content each. Every session includes cooking of hot healthy food, group work and an outdoor education based activity (delivered offsite to REACH base). Referrals can be taken by email and can commence within 1 week if required. We not hold a waiting list and can support day 6 provision if required.

We operate a fully inclusive programme. We not deliver reward or punishment, nor do we exclude students. Our timetable operates to the Somerset County Council Academic Calendar. We do not close or cancel sessions during term time.

Our youth work team participate in the programme together, by ‘being’ or ‘doing’ and ensure quality creative opportunities are given to explore the South West of the UK. Youth workers fully support, encourage learning, observe and help asses, where students are at, and how we can help them along to learn and meet the objectives set at the start.

All students are interviewed prior to joining and have an induction session before commencing any group. Students are matched for suitability to work together, therefore allocations of day require negotiation to ensure we put the correct matching of students to work together in teams.

Youth worker attendance at meetings, additional reports, multi-agency working is not chargeable and therefore comes as part of a placement purchase.

KS2 Pilot provision
We have limited spaces available for our continued KS2 pilot. This is a 2hr session one to one with the option of an additional student mentor. Costs are the same (£140) per student per session. This includes transport, food and activity. Please enquire on availability before submitting a referral.

Please see the example of a typical REACH group day below:

Approx. timings
9.30am Student arrivals to base (transportation required by school)
9.45am Breakfast and social time Group work / discussions about the day ahead
10.30am Outdoor education / activity / opportunity
1.30pm Return to base for cooking of lunch / social opportunities
2.00pm Student review of learning
2.30pm Students depart (transportation required by school)
2.45pm Staff review and report completion


Typical one to one placement session outline below:

9.30am (start times negotiable) Collection of student from school / home / placement
2 hr session time Delivery of 2hr session. All sessions include food, travel, activity and challenges set.
11.30am (end time negotiable) Drop off of student to school / home / placement with handover
PM Staff to write up report for submitting back to school / placement

Personal attainment objectives

Please see our personal attainment objectives for all of our placements below:

Personal attainment objectives

Based on the Deptartment for Education’s Alternative Provision guidance document, January 2013:

• Self confidence
• Engagement in education
• Attendance
• Motivation
• Social interaction
• Resilience


By offering By delivering
Social & emotional opportunities Communication as a theme throughout
Team challenges /problem solving work
Sessional learning reflections
Peer to peer learning Turn taking opportunities
Team decision & compromise negotiations
Empathy development
Activity & play Explorations of the South West
Time to ‘be’
Time to ‘do’
Healthy living Creative cooking / healthy eating
Sport, exercise & outdoor education
Health related topic exercises & group work
Individual support & mentoring Creative life skill opportunities
Trust & responsibility tasks
Benefits of Independent learning & attendance work
Safeguarding Keep safe work
Self-regulation development
Space to listen / gain advocacy
Partnership working Weekly reporting of feedback
Proactive working with agencies
Input to EHCP, assessments, & safety plans
Next step planning Support towards re-integrations / belonging
Community participation sessions
Post 16 planning / financial capability work

Get In Touch!


Duty Mobile: 07966 281959


PO Box 37
Martock, Somerset, TA12 6WN
(This is the office address and not our student base address or address for any transport.)

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Supporting LGBT young people across Somerset
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