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The team at Connect2Education were thrilled to receive a grant from Hambleton and District Council to go towards their brand new cooking facility in the Stokesley Centre.
The children and young people who attend Connect2Education can now add cooking & life skills to their timetable. Our teachers have used cooking to help some students understand weights and measures as well as a PHSE focus on health & nutrition.
In addition, children and young people who may have a high level of anxiety about being ‘in education’ or may have neuro diverse needs and prefer a quiet environment, are discovering that they have creative skills, from designing recipes to cooking for others, our kitchen is proving to be a wonderful learning environment.
Our calm cooking sessions are especially successful with children who may feel anxious about trying new ideas or who may need significant support to re-engage with learning. Each session is designed to support confidence and emotional resilience.
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Is there such a thing as a typical day of teaching and learning at Connect2Education?
One of the question we are asked quite a lot as an alternative provider of education, is what sort of work do you do and where do you do this? As you will discover if you visit our centre, our days can be varied with a mixture of in centre one to one teaching up to GCSE and A Level, cooking skills and zoom sessions.
One thing our team will tell you is that there is no such thing as a ‘typical day’. Our weekly timetables can vary considerably. Mornings may be spent visiting a residential home for a student who is unable to access school, afternoons can be a mixture of Zoom online lessons and teaching sessions in our bespoke education centre in Stokesley.
It is certainly the case that (since Covid) we have discovered that some of our children and young people are open to a ‘hybrid’ timetable where they can fit in their learning with medical schedules and learning needs where necessary. With the flexibility that we offer at Connect2Education, we can find solutions to work with anxious students who feel they are unable to leave their homes or place of residence but who need the consistency of a teacher who understands their learning needs.
Whilst some children and young people positively thrive in a busy learning environment with lots of stimulation and lesson changes, it is also true that some children (especially those with neurodiverse needs ) prefer small, quiet learning spaces with frequent breaks and opportunities to work at a pace to suit them. Often building confidence is a key section of the pathway to the next stage of learning, a smaller setting can be just what is needed to encourage children to make changes and develop their resilience for future learning.
It is true that for some of our students, Connect2Education is a small part of their learning journey, whether online, in a residential setting or in our Centre, we are happy to provide a flexible approach to teaching which means that children and young people referred to our service can continue in education in a way that feels empowering for them.
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How can fearful and anxious children can re-engage with their education successfully post lockdown?
The impact of the pandemic upon the education of children and young people is still being assessed. It is fair to say that at this stage, schools are working hard to help children and young people adjust back into school life. For some, the adjustment was met with relief as they happily re-joined their friends, teachers, and class groups. For other children, the return to school has been met with significant anxiety as they struggle to cope with a return to a busy environment and routine with new adjustments and safety requirements. Connect2 Education teachers use their experience to re-engage children successfully with full time education .
Anxiety affects learning
Sadly, some children and young people have become so fearful and anxious about returning to a post lockdown world that they have become emotionally withdrawn.
Children and young people can experience anxiety very differently. Some children may develop a physical response such as stomach-ache, headache and even physical sickness or symptoms of panic such as becoming very tearful, feeling dizzy or breathing rapidly. Others may become so withdrawn they are unable to talk about how they feel because they do not have the emotional literacy to describe what they are experiencing. This is especially true for children and young people who have neurodiverse needs.
Our teachers are highly experienced in working with children and young people who feel anxious, reluctant to re-engage with learning or fearful of leaving their home to attend education. We understand the importance of developing trust with our students and their supporting family members or carers.
Connect2Education has also supported children and young people with medical conditions both short and long term. When a child is at home and has missed their education, our teachers offer gentle and supportive education sessions to help children build up their ability to learn again.
Where a child or young person is in the family home, our staff will work one to one online. A clear benefit of this is that children often manage their anxiety better with on line teaching as the teacher is not directly in front of them. Over time, our teachers create a good working trust with their students. Once a good working basis is established, children and young people may agree to come into our education centre to meet their teacher face to face. This may seem like a small step, but it is often an important step mentally for a child or young person with anxiety. Coming into centre means that they have developed some emotional resilience to cope with a different environment from home.
Connect2Education is an alternative education provider, so a much smaller, quieter learning environment from a mainstream school. Our experience in working with children and young people in this structured way helps them to build confidence, re engage with their education and develop further emotional resilience. Most importantly, whilst a child or young person is working through a mental or physical transition back to school, our teachers ensure there is minimal disruption to their education.
Connect2Education work as an extension to a child or young person’s education. We work directly with schools and local authorities as part of a team in support of a child re integrating into full time school. Although we do not offer full time school hours, we can offer part time provision as an important steppingstone, building a child’s confidence with bespoke one to one teaching which quickly closes gaps in learning. This means once a child does return to full time education, they are equipped to resume their learning immediately.
If you would like to find out more about our education centre in Stokesley please do get in touch via our website http://www.connect2education.co.uk or contact Maxine Tasker Head of Teaching and Learning on 01642 961230
Alternative education offers part time educational provision to children and young people who may be struggling with mainstream school. Sometimes, a child or young person may have a medical issue or is waiting for an education and health care plan. Connect2Education provides quality academic education support on an interim basis to ensure learning is maintained and no education time is ‘lost’ .
Connect2Education was established in January 2019. Our education centre is situated in the small market town of Stokesley. Connect2Education suits students who require one to one teaching in a small nurturing environment. We work directly with schools and academies, Virtual Schools and Local Authorities.
During term time, we provide academic teaching and education support in quiet classrooms for children and young people who need a calm learning environment. We are specialists in working with students who have neuro diversity or have a diagnosis of ASC. (autistic spectrum conditions). See our in centre video
We are a small team of teachers who have years of experience working in both mainstream schools and special schools. We love our role because of the diversity our young people bring to their learning, each student has individual qualities which we can bring out in each lessons. Teaching on a one to one basis is a core part of our offer: one to one working with a trusted teacher can help children and young people to feel more confident in their own skills and abilities.
Educational stepping- stones
Prior to the recent Coronavirus pandemic, Connect2Education teachers worked with students in a variety of settings; private homes, residential homes, school premises, libraries, and other public spaces, such as Children’s Centres. Throughout the National Lockdown period and up to the current time of publication, Connect2Education also offered on-line education provision, via Zoom. More about our one to one tuition online
This service continues to be successful for children and young people who remain in a home setting and need to access their education. Online one to one lessons with a regular teacher can provide crucial educational stepping- stones for a school aged child or young person who may be uncertain about returning to full time education.
In our experience, children and young people can sometimes feel more confident after one to one online lessons. Some students improve to such a degree, they feel able to meet their teacher for a face to face lesson. This is often a first step back into an educational setting.
Our success is in our ability to support our students to access the best educational setting for their needs, whether back to school or to a new educational setting. We focus on improving confidence, supporting academic achievement and improving a child’s life chances.
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You can also contact Maxine Tasker Head of Teaching and Learning or Julie Phillips in the Stokesley centre on 01642 961230. www.connect2education.co.uk/contact/
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