Outposts provides specialist, tailor-made alternative learning programmes designed to support young people facing emotional and behavioural challenges in mainstream education or excluded from school.
We aim to provide positive role-models through professional instruction, coaching and mentoring. Most importantly our goal is for those young people with whom we work to feel sufficiently confident and inspired to re-engage in education and learning by:
We work with LEA Schools, Charitable Bodies, Academies and PRU's, liaising closely with inclusion managers, SENCO's (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators) and Student Learning Support Staff to provide effective programmes based on alternative learning outside the classroom.
This is an extract from a recent Ofsted report on one visiting school (subsequently removed from special measures):
"Those students with the most complex needs, or who are most vulnerable because of their circumstances, are extremely well cared for, guided and supported. This results from a high degree of individual tuition from support assistants and off-site partners (such as Outposts Ltd) who work regularly with the students and know them well."
Outposts provides young people and their supporting organisations with venue hire, facilities, programmes and instruction as part of the Government's expanded National Citizen Service.
For several years now 16 and 17 year-olds have been taking part in NCS Outdoor Activities Residential and Teambuilding & Personal Development Programmes which are run at Outposts' Bush Camp in the Quantock Hills, Somerset.
Programmes are aimed at giving the young people who are taking part in the NCS the opportunity to stay away from their home area for a week, participate in a variety of team tasks, challenges and adventure activities to build self-esteem and confidence, encourage them to get to know one another and work together through teambuilding and to develop their own personal skills whilst having lots of fun.
Our Widening Participation Programme is specifically designed for students who are aspiring to attend university, perhaps from a background that traditionally does not enter higher education. The aim is to build the self-confidence and self-belief of a selected group of Sixth Form students. Our programmes are designed to bond students in an environment far removed from their every day school life.
"I wanted the students to step out of their comfort zone and feel more confident about strange/unfamiliar situations and the camp did all these things. It also helped them bond with people that they did not know very well quickly which was fantastic. I was really surprised by the quality of the food as I was expecting basic fare. It was delicious, plenty of it and home cooked. The ladies who provided it were also really lovely- fantastic hospitality."
University of Sussex – Widening Participation Initiative