Independent Educational Services have been providing young SEND pupils in Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Coventry and Leicester City bespoke curriculums since 2010. We have now extended our services to multiple Local Authorities.
We offer placements to SEND students aged 10-25 (as in line with the 2014 SEN Code of Practice) for as long as the placement is suitable to the individual.
‘All children are entitled to an education that is appropriate to their needs, promotes high standards and enables them to fulfill their potential.’ (Paragraph 6.1, SEN Code of Practice 2014)
Starting off in a small village hall in Sibson, Leicestershire, in 2012, Leanne Beardmore (Headteacher and Director) and Shaun Major (Director) developed the school into a successful education centre that offers a variety of educational experiences to suit each pupils’ individual needs.
In 2014, IES relocated to Stockingford, Nuneaton, and Atherstone centre opened in 2015. Our Atherstone centre was registered as an independent school officially on the 9th January 2018. We also have four additional centres across both our Nuneaton and Atherstone schools.
Both our Nuneaton and Atherstone schools are fully registered with JCQ examinations board and offer AQA and OCRaccredited courses which enable all of our young people to gain qualifications such as; AS/A-Levels, GCSE, AQA Unit Awards, Entry Level Certificates, Functional Skills, P-Levels and ASDAN accredited Diplomas.
IES always strive for our pupils to be ‘as big as they can be’, and we understand that some of our pupil’s may struggle with classroom based activities. We are therefore able to offer a wide variety of offsite curriculums which can be accessed by all, such as; equine therapy, gardening, construction, woodwork, D&T, swimming and other activities that help our young people to build on their social skills. We also support our year 10, year 11 and Post-16 pupils with work experience placements and volutary work.
Our experienced specialist teams are trained in working with young people with a variety of additional needs. Staff members are also First Aid Trained, and trained to deliver CIT (Positive Handling). Staff constantly update their skills and have recently undertaken Safeguarding and Autism training.
All students are required to complete full standardised baseline assessments at point of entry. This enables us to have a better understanding of where our young people are with their English, Maths, Science and ICT. This helps us design a bespoke educational approach and programme which best suits the pupils’ learning style and specific needs. We also use ‘PASS’ assessment tools which allow us to measure the young persons’ attitude towards school. All assessments are updated on a termly basis to assess progress.