This is a video about Rhys. He came to us a troubled young person with a disadvantaged background and a difficult childhood. We focused on Rhys’ wellbeing during the year he was at Path Hill and helped him rejoin mainstream education. Rhys is currently taking several GCSE’s and BTEC qualifications in preparation for college next year. Rhys’ bespoke One to One intervention was financially supported by the Teenage Wilderness Trust.
We think that when people have opportunities to take responsibility, be respected, have their feelings and anxieties attended to, then they can learn effectively. Instead of using punishment or extrinsic reward systems, we use non-aversive strategies, understanding why a young person is behaving in challenging ways and teaching them more appropriate ways to meet their needs.
Our teaching approach develops all aspects of a student’s character, rather than just focusing on the academic. Often students are unmotivated and disaffected because the curriculum does not address the fundamental needs that must be met before effective learning can take place. We look at each aspect of a young person’s character and use techniques to ensure that they are fulfilled as far as possible.
Putting a students wellbeing first, supports behaviour change and this will then enable improvements in educational attainment. We track progress through a number of quantitative and qualitative measures which are reported to families, referrers and any other agencies involved with our students. We aim for our students to become well-rounded, mature individuals, able to engage with learning and function well in society.