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Some of the most talented individuals on this planet have taken an Alternative Path to greatness. The daily challenges they face and the challenges the people who help those individuals, I feel should be shared.

As someone who runs a business supporting Non Mainstream Education and Care settings, I feel the sectors and people involved should have a platform to share their experiences, educate others and feel positive about the future ahead.

This podcast is for those who have experience or an interest in Inclusion, SEND, SEMH, Trauma or any other form of non mainstream need.

Enjoy!!

The Alternative Path with David Robson David Robson

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Some of the most talented individuals on this planet have taken an Alternative Path to greatness. The daily challenges they face and the challenges the people who help those individuals, I feel should be shared.

As someone who runs a business supporting Non Mainstream Education and Care settings, I feel the sectors and people involved should have a platform to share their experiences, educate others and feel positive about the future ahead.

This podcast is for those who have experience or an interest in Inclusion, SEND, SEMH, Trauma or any other form of non mainstream need.

Enjoy!!

    Sarah Dove Founder of Phoenix Education Consultancy and President of PRUsAP

    Sarah Dove Founder of Phoenix Education Consultancy and President of PRUsAP

    Sarah Dove Founder of Phoenix Education Consultancy and President of PRUsAP

    Sarah has over 15 years’ experience working in Pupil Referral Units and Alternative Provisions, ‘I am passionate about and dedicated to, ensuring every child, regardless of the severity of their vulnerabilities or complexity of their needs, are given an opportunity to embrace all components of education rather than simply experience a curriculum.’

    Founder & CEO - Phoenix Education Consultancy
    At Phoenix Education Consultancy we aim to improve the education system whilst ensuring every child it serves is able to embrace all aspects of education. We recognise that an inclusive education system is an aspiration and whilst taking steps to reach that goal, we focus on every child that needs support to maximise the outcomes of their learning.
    We are experts and well experienced in working with children with severe vulnerabilities and complex needs in Pupil Referral Units, Alternative Provisions, Hospitals and Secure Training Centres.
    At Phoenix we have developed a series of tools, programmes and services that ensure we all deliver a standard that reaches best practice rather than minimal compliance and provided.

    President – PRUsAP

    PRUsAP represents the Alternative Provision sector of Education regionally and nationally. We challenge the stereotypes associated with AP and promote the success of schools and vulnerable young people in AP settings. Not only do we represent the sector, we work with politicians, the media, organisations and other school leaders across the education spectrum to help them understand Alternative Provision and the impact it can have on young people's lives. We provide support and advice to schools, both in alternative provision and mainstream. Our Annual Conference is the focal point of our continuing professional development with additional events throughout the year that provide an opportunity for AP leaders to meet and discuss practice.

    Sarah is also close to releasing her book ‘Behaving Together In The Classroom’ which provides teachers with frameworks and processes to help them identify, understand and support the issues children bring to the classroom. Using a clear five step formula, the book explores the perspectives of children, to guide teachers as they support them within the school environment.

    The book explores the nature of emotional health and well-being and the real implications of this on the way children are seen to act within the school. Rather than punishing unwanted behaviour, the book begins with the assumption that behaviour is our innate form of communication, that should be supported rather than controlled. It recognises the network of relationships within a school’s community and provides helpful resources to support a child’s inclusion in school life

    I hope you enjoy.

    • 41 min
    Jeremy Dodd Co-Headteacher at The Academy of Central Bedfordshire. Central Bedfordshire School's Forum member.

    Jeremy Dodd Co-Headteacher at The Academy of Central Bedfordshire. Central Bedfordshire School's Forum member.

    Jeremy Dodd Co-Headteacher at The Academy of Central Bedfordshire. Central Bedfordshire School's Forum member.

    In this episode, I had the pleasure in chatting to Jeremy. He is an educator who has a clear passion for inclusivity and care for his staff and pupil’s. The Academy of Central Bedfordshire is an alternative provision free school and is set across two sites. The staff works holistically with pupils to create an environment in which they can learn, mature and thrive.

    The work Jeremy and his team have and continue to do within the school is fantastic and I really believe that Jeremy is a great example of what it means to work in the sector, at times in our conversation I could really see the passion in Jeremy.

    I hope you enjoy!!

    • 36 min
    Hannah Simnett – Founder of Cherished

    Hannah Simnett – Founder of Cherished

    Hannah is an award-winning leader, speaker and influencer, with a huge heart for young women and for every girl to know her true worth. Hannah founded Cherished in 2011, in response to her own personal experiences and seeing the attachment needs of young girls not being met.

    ‘I’ve always felt strongly about the need for girls to be understood and being a part of their journey to become strong, confident, young women.’

    Hannah wrote the Cherished Course while she studied for a degree in Youth, Children’s and Community Work in Nottingham. She began delivering the course in secondary schools in 2011, to an overwhelmingly positive reception.

    Cherished has flourished under Hannah’s leadership and inspirational determination to bring out the true potential and value of girls. We have now worked in over 35 schools across North Birmingham and the Midlands, have a dedicated team of 70 volunteers and continue to nurture the vision of every girl being able to access the support she needs to feel safe, seen, soothed and secure. 

    ‘My heart’s desire is that Cherished allows girls to live their lives knowing that they were made with purpose and reason; they were created to be cherished and adored.’

    Since starting The Alternative Path, I have met some amazing people, Hannah is an inspirational lady who through her own challenges is now through her organisations is making a real positive impact on young people’s lives.

    I hope you enjoy our chat.

    • 31 min
    Nikki Mears & Nick Boothroyd - The founding team behind Naturally Talented Me

    Nikki Mears & Nick Boothroyd - The founding team behind Naturally Talented Me

    Nikki Mears & Nick Boothroyd - The founding team behind Naturally Talented Me

    Naturally Talented Me (NTM) is a Community Interest Company that has been launched to address longstanding inequalities in the employment market. Inequalities that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 lockdown as many millions are being displaced from previously secure and long-term jobs and are unclear as to where they now fit in the new world of work.

    Current recruitment processes focus on certifications and experience, whereas NTM provides a new approach; one that reflects the attributes of a much more dynamic and diverse talent pool and better meets the needs of employers.

    It was developed to support the most disadvantaged in our society – groups such as SEND, older workers, ex-military and ex-offenders – and the intervention organisations that represent them. COVID-19, and the impact it has had on sectors such as Hospitality, Retail, Entertainment, Travel and Leisure, has highlighted the importance of this new way of profiling individuals’ talents across the entire job market.

    Nikki and Nick have created a platform that offers individuals from all backgrounds and abilities a mechanism to showcase themselves in an effective way that is fit for 2021. And its free for individuals to use.

    I hope you enjoy our chat.

    • 32 min
    Ben Levinson - Head Teacher at Kensington Primary School

    Ben Levinson - Head Teacher at Kensington Primary School

    In this episode, I had the pleasure of chatting with Ben Levinson Headteacher at Kensington Primary School in Newham, London. Ben and Kensington Primary School won Teaching Awards Primary School of the Year and TES Wellbeing and Mental Health School of the Year.

    Having spoken to Ben and got a good understanding of what he has created at Kensington it is clear to see that Ben, his Team, Pupils, and Community have worked collectively to make Kensington Primary School the centre point of their community. By doing this they have and are achieving fantastic things together.

    I really apricated Ben talking about the importance of when even as a leader, we do not always have the answers and sometimes you need to take some time for your self to be the best you can be.

    It was a pleasure talking to Ben and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    • 40 min
    Fay Greaves - Engagement for Learning Lead (SLT SEMH School)

    Fay Greaves - Engagement for Learning Lead (SLT SEMH School)

    Fay Greaves - Engagement for Learning Lead (SLT SEMH School)

    In this episode, I chatted to Fay Greaves who is an SLT from an Essex based SEMH Residential School for boys. She has worked in the sector for over 30 years and through her love of sports in particular basketball, she has helped a number of young people re engage with education.

    Fay’s skills have been enhanced by the 35 years she has spent playing, coaching sport and in doing so she has built up a good network of friends across the globe, particularly in basketball (WNBA/NBA and Basketball Aus).

    Fay shares my thoughts on the power of collaboration, and I look forward to chatting with her again soon.

    I hope you enjoy!!

    • 39 min

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