Outreach Support Services
TIMS (TRUANCY AND INCLUSION MENTOR SERVICE)
Our Truancy & Inclusion Mentor Staff team work with a variety of pupils at Woodlands Academy with a range of needs including PTSD, Grief and Loss needs, school related anxiety, long and short-term medical needs, depression, low self-esteem, the negative impact of high social deprivation, family drug use, physical/emotional abuse, neglect and family breakdown.
The role they perform is dependent upon the specific needs of the individual pupils however, they can be utilised in a number of different ways:
- At a basic level they are able to collect pupils from home as soon as notification of an unauthorised absence has been received.
- They are able to make home visits on the day of absence of persistent non-attenders to ascertain reasons for absence and work with individuals on issues identified in order to enable them to re-engage with their education.
- They are able to engage with parents and pupils who see school as a place of stress and as such act as mediators between home and school to facilitate next steps.
- They are able to facilitate home education programmes with the support of school.
- They are able to devise a personalised timetable incorporating a variety of alternative provisions to support pupils with their attendance and engagement.
The outcomes of this provision are wide ranging and relate to decreasing levels of truancy (non- attendance in school and/or internal absconding from lessons) through to reengagement of pupils in their learning.
Our aim is to ensure that all pupils are able to remain in education. This provision supports pupils who, for a variety of reasons, previously had an attendance figure below 85% to increase their attendance through the support provided to a minimum of 90%. The Truancy Inclusion Mentor Service also supports pupils who, due to their behaviour, are at risk of exclusion (this can sometimes be permanent exclusion) by supporting them with their learning outside of the school site and incorporating alternative provisions to ensure the pupil as opportunities to achieve academically.