About Us

Education

Our educational provision is fundamental to our mission to assess and understand the needs of every child we look after.

This enables them to develop the skills and experiences they need to move on successfully from us in the future.
Children arrive at AWW from a variety of backgrounds and with a wide range of needs, both educationally and from a care perspective. Most of the children we look after have been out of formal education for periods of time or have not attended or engaged well in this environment.

For children who can and will access longer term placements with mainstream or independent school providers, we support them to do so. However, we also provide education through a ‘home school’ model for children for whom this is more appropriate.

Our Aims

The aim of our educational provision is to help all children achieve personal success, whatever it looks like for that individual child. From climbing mountains to achieving their first ever academic awards, we support all children to achieve outstanding personal outcomes.

We believe that every child has unique strengths, abilities and potential, and we acknowledge and celebrate their progress and achievements.

By working together as a cohesive team across education, care and outdoor provision, we aim to not only re-engage children in education but to build their self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities, leading to a shift in their perception of education which can have a profound and lasting impact on their future.

In accordance with the personalised nature of our care, our educational offer is extremely flexible. Our primary aim is to assess where the children are in their education journey, to identify any gaps that need filling and then to build a programme around this which meets the individual learning needs of each child. We aim to provide children with the skills, strategies and self-esteem necessary to make a positive contribution to mainstream school or alternative education when they move on from AWW.

Children are supported by an experienced team, including a registered Educational Psychologist, qualified teachers, a Specialist Teacher for social, emotional and mental health, a Youth Offending Support Worker and Outdoor Activity Instructors. We adopt a one-to-one teaching model which enables our education programme to be completely bespoke.

Our skilled education teams have significant sector experience, and we have extensive knowledge of working with children with a range of Special Educational Needs, including ASD, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia and a of social and emotional issues. Where appropriate, we seek advice from external professionals, including Speech and Language Therapists, Counsellors and other health professionals. Our teams are trained in PACE attachment theory, Child Sexual Exploitation and Adverse Childhood Experiences, enabling us to deliver outstanding pastoral care and holistic education which is fully integrated into wider care planning for each child.

We believe that educational opportunities exist beyond a traditional classroom setting, and we constantly seek ways to engage our children in education in a fun and active way.

We look beyond standard approaches to education, integrating the child’s desired educational outcomes
with outdoor activities which promote teamwork skills, determination, self-confidence and resilience.
Our ‘Wilderness Experiences’ programme of outdoor
and adventurous activities allows us to explore relevant educational themes such as risk and self-image, whilst
at the same time allowing the children to challenge themselves and learn new skills, and to experience the enjoyment and wellbeing that comes from exploring the world around us.

Many members of our care teams have also trained as instructors for outdoor activities, meaning that outdoor education is an integrated and highly-valued part of the child’s overall experience. Where appropriate, we support children to continue to study previous courses or to work towards new qualifications which are relevant to their educational journey.

We are registered providers of the AQA Awards and ASDAN qualifications, and many of our children work towards NCFE Functional Skills Qualifications. We also offer a range of outdoor qualifications, including the John Muir Award, Paddle Power and the National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme.

Engagement in these qualifications is often the child’s first positive experience of studying towards an award, providing a solid foundation for future studies. We also support our children to access relevant work experience and volunteering placements. These provide the child with skills for life as well as offering the opportunity to discover whether a particular pathway or career is suitable for them in the future.

What Others Say About Us

I am truly taken aback by the level of care you have shown. The staff have gone out of their way to show him the attention and care that he has never had. When I visited him, it was like I was looking at a different child to what he was before he came. He was not like a child in care, he was like a child in a family. You have literally saved his life.

Social Worker

All children and young people thrive, and they make progress while living at the home. Because of the services provided the children and young people experience an individualised, stable and consistent home life. Children and young people benefit from the integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to education and care. They each achieve their full potential and, in many cases, do so beyond previous expectations.

Ofsted

I am so grateful to the AWW team for their dedication and commitment to caring and supporting Sam. He recently reported that being at there gave him the space to think and the opportunity to reflect on his attitude and make plans for his future.

Social Worker

I have to share my delight at Luke’s progress at AWW. Thanks to your support, in the last 17 weeks Luke and has turned his life around significantly. From where he has come from to where he is now, I am so proud of him.

Social Worker

The placement was really good and beneficial to me. The staff were all really supportive and nice and always made themselves available to me if I had any problems. The outdoor activities that were offered helped me to have a better outlook and showed me that I can do so much more in life, and it really helped me process and made me feel like a better person.

Child

As METCO Officer for Cumbria Police I have regular contact with the team at AWW in relation to vulnerable children at risk of CSE and going missing. If a specific incident has occurred, the Home Manager and I speak on the phone to discuss the best way forward. She also attends CSE risk assessment meetings and we receive Philomena Protocol forms when a young person arrives in placement.

Cumbria Police