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Therapeutic Work Experience/Therapeutic Placement

A therapeutic placement (often called ‘Therapeutic work experience’) is usually selected for children and young people currently in (long term) education provisions where additional therapeutic input is needed to sustain or compliment current provision. It is also often selected for children and young people as a shorter-term therapeutic input, where traditional methods of talking therapies is not an option, and/or there is a need for a more creative approach.

In practice, what happens during these sessions, varies greatly depending on the reason for referral. Sometimes they start off as 1-1 where we have young people who are very anxious, who are then gradually matched with other young people for peer social interaction and learning, working towards undertaking peer activities and increased independence, and progressing therapeutic goals as part of the placement. The sessions are structured in ‘slots’ of a mix of animal care tasks, learning and therapeutic sessions, groups and activities. Many children and young people progress towards readiness for learning, which could include either an EOTAS or education provision placement with Elysian, or a specialist provision elsewhere. Some children and young people continue with therapeutic work experience longer term alongside their education provision to support and sustain their education placement.

EOTAS (Education Other Than at School) Placement

EOTAS placements are for children and young people who are in temporary provision or in no current provision. These are similar to therapeutic placements in practice, with the addition of therapy and teaching time and guided learning throughout the placements, working towards qualifications individualised to each young person. This may include support readiness for learning across a spectrum of subject areas, and undertaking functional skills learning and qualifications, along with e.g. the NCFE functional skills or Preparation for Life and Work units. 

We also have 16+ young people on EOTAS provision undertaking Occupational Studies awards (NCFE Preparation for life and work), with the aim to support transition to apprenticeships, internships, work or further education.

The Elysian Education provision

Elysian School will take learners aged 11-16 and uses the farm setting to deliver formal education and therapy. Like the EOTAS and therapeutic placements, learners take part in a range of activities, and structured sessions on the farm, with structured learning sessions where their individual learning and education plans are integrated into a whole range of creative learning projects, sessions and activities on the farm. A core curriculum is provided for all learners.

Each learner has their own personalised curriculum of therapeutic education built around their specific needs designed to help them get the most out of education. Where appropriate, and through discussion with the learner, parents/carers and the school, learners will be able to study for a wide range of qualifications and accreditations including GCSE equivalents. The level at which learners’ study will constantly be assessed to ensure that there is the correct balance of nurture, support, and challenge.

Staff work with animals and the surroundings as the vehicle for learning in all subject lessons, including the core curriculum subjects such as Mathematics and English. Elysian School is set up to accept and support pupils on Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP). Some learners will have condensed timetables, others may have restricted timetables, depending on a range of issues including, the requirements of the EHC Plan, ability of the pupil, parental wishes, and legitimate interests of the pupil. The timetable is also subject to review and adjustment on a regular basis. All subjects will use the outdoor environment where possible.

Education Provision Further information

Links to Education Provision Documents

We had a very positive pre-registration report and the link to this can be found on the links list on this page.

The formal governors for the Elysian Education provision (EP) is Dene and Charlotte Williams. The EP is however supported by a Senior Leadership team, including Julie Wilby, Head of Therapies and Intervention. The Senior Leadership Team is is further supported by a Management Advisory Board. The Management advisory board consist of a range of experts in the field of Education, SEND, mental health and Social Care. The Advisory Board is currently confirming TOR and membership following meeting in October and will publish more details regarding roles, membership and structure in November.

Elysian EP are not currently claiming or receiving any Pupil Premium funding.