Reducing Exclusion: Project 8
As a multi-disciplinary outreach team we support schools and social care organisations in a variety of ways. Our work focuses on strengthening leadership at all levels, in order that leaders can fulfil their roles effectively. We tailor our approach to meet the particular circumstances of each organisation we work with.
Project 8 is led by the Oxfordshire Schools Inclusion Team and The Mulberry Bush Outreach. The aim of the project is to introduce schools to a reflective practice model, to help them reduce the likihood of exclusion for vulnerable pupils.
We have been running this project for over 2 years. During this time, we have worked in eight secondary schools in Oxfordshire and Swindon.
What do staff say about this approach?
‘We now have a process for pupils we are struggling with, who we feel are at risk of exclusion. The framework and time has been of real benefit’
‘It’s about the way teachers talk to children that has changed and made a difference’
(Head of Year)
‘Behaviour is now more likely to be understood as indication of something of concern for the pupil rather than just being seen as something “naughty”’
‘It has enabled staff to respond to a wider range of pupils’ needs’
‘The project has helped to lift staff groups who have felt defeated – (they have) recognised that their input can make such a difference’
‘Getting a process in place – having a framework – has been most beneficial, and the time allocated to doing it. Staff have found it a powerful process and are now requesting clinics about pupils’
‘Ray was brilliant at mapping what he did for us to our own needs and responding to the group he was training. His ideas and strategies were great, but even more importantly, his manner with people was brilliant, making them feel valued and that their contributions had value, and encouraging people to join in. It was such a positive session.”
(Hannah Barton, SENCo, Wood Farm Primary School)
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