We see education as being fundamental in the life experience of a child, and view the processes of living and learning as being inextricably linked. Our primary task in educating children is to help them come to terms with areas of their learning in which they have experienced marked difficulties, consolidate and support areas in which they are functioning well, help them consider and explore future education and training and employment opportunities, and enable them to successfully move on and achieve their true potential in life.
We are committed to promoting the educational well-being of all children placed in our care, and strive to ensure they are offered the best possible opportunities to develop their true academic and educational potentials and navigate the obstacles that have coloured their previous experiences of education and learning. All children living at Springfields, Westfields and Hillfields attend school or college – this is a condition of their placement with us.
We meet the emotional-educational needs of children through accurately assessing their individual educational aptitudes, abilities, and requirements at the referral stage. In partnership with the placing authority, and consultation with the child, we use this to plan and support the child’s attendance in an appropriate educational settings.
Strong positive links are established and maintained with mainstream schools and colleges within the local area that are sensitive to and understanding of the needs of the children in our care. We also promote links with specialist schools and colleges within the local area that support students with learning difficulties.
The Lioncare School is DfES Registered (845/6043) and forms the core component of The Lioncare Group’s whole living-learning package of therapeutic care and therapeutic education. Any child needing specialist SEMH education can attend The Lioncare School. To find out more about The Lioncare School, please click on the link here:
Regardless of which school or college they attend, all children living with us can expect their achievements to be recognised and applauded, talents, skills, and social/cultural interests actively supported, and their Caseworkers to attend school social events and parent’s evenings / open days. Children are strongly supported in doing homework and home studies, as is their participation in extra curricular activities such as clubs and sports.
Bullying or discrimination at school/college is dealt with effectively, and regular dialogue is maintained with teachers, tutors, and social workers to quickly identify and address learning or other difficulties experienced by the child.