The ACE WRAParound service provides personalised, bespoke education package to pupils with Education Health Care Plans who have complex needs that are not being met in other schools. We use a Trauma Informed approach together with our Special Educational Needs expertise to design a school experience that will enable them to be successful learners.
Every child has one to one teaching support at all times and a varied timetable with lessons and activities at our site and out in the community.
Referrals to our WRAP schools located in Bodmin, Redruth, Launceston, Exeter and Plymouth are through the local authority. When we receive a referral we meet with the family and discuss their needs and how our provision could help them.
If everyone is in agreement that ACE can meet the needs of the young person, a place will be offered and within a couple of weeks we can start their journey with us.
ACE Schools work in close partnership with other agencies that are involved with the young person with the aim of providing support, guidance and encouragement at every stage of their development throughout their time with us.
At WRAParound, we primarily focus on the core subjects of English, maths, science and PSHE.
We are also able to offer a variety of subjects, dependant on student need and interest, such as geography, IT, art, design and technology or cooking skills. We also have a programme called Star Skills to support pupils’ personal development.
Due to our use of one to one support staffing, we are able to cater to a variety of special educational and behavioural needs.
We offer a variety of accreditations and qualifications including GCSEs.
We also work with a number of vocational providers in the Southwest and are able to offer a variety of universally recognised accreditations through these providers, at a range of different levels. This can be a route into a post 16 course.
As well as recognised accreditations and qualifications our staff will also work to develop students’ life skills, such as shopping, using public transport, and money skills.
We develop pupils’ social skills by allowing them time to socialise in small groups and through emphasising the difference between formal and informal relationships, and knowing when language should be kept appropriate.
We also offer a robust Learning Outside of the Classroom programme where students will experience a range of activities such as football, tennis, moorland walking, woodland walks and visits to the beach. Staff embed core subject learning in the activities, for example carrying out a survey on the beach and writing a description of things they find.
By its nature, Wraparound involves working in close partnership with parents and carers. Our Teaching Assistants are in touch with families by phone on a daily basis and each school has a Pastoral Lead who has specialist knowledge around safeguarding and support interventions. Staff develop close working relationships with parents, keeping them informed of how their child is progressing with their learning and development, and to discuss any issues that may have arisen during the day. Families keep us up to date with how things are going at home so staff can support children appropriately in school.