Future Education

Name Future Education
Ofsted Inspection Rating Requires improvement
Inspection Date 19 March 2019
Address 168b Motum Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR5 8EG
Phone Number 01603251310
Type Independent (special)
Age Range 13-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 28 (72% boys 28% girls)
Local Authority Norfolk
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 3.6%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Future Education is a day special school in Norwich operated by the Future Projects charity. It is registered to educate 44 pupils. At the time of the last inspection in 2017 it had 19 pupils. It currently has 29 pupils on roll. There are four pupils in key stage 3. The majority of pupils joined part-way through key stage 4. All pupils are placed and funded by Norfolk County Council. All pupils have SEN, mainly social, emotional and behavioural needs. All but one of them has an education, health and care plan. The school receives pupil premium for approximately one third of its pupils, including enhanced pupil premium funding for three pupils who are looked after by the local authority. All pupils have missed long periods of their education prior to joining the school. Some of them have been out of mainstream school for up to two years. The school aims to re-engage pupils in learning through a range of on- and off-site enrichment activities, awards and national curriculum subjects. The school’s philosophy is founded on Secure Base, a framework for therapeutic care given to pupils to build security and resilience by providing them with the care that they need. It aims to understand the different attachments of each pupil and ensure that this is considered in every interaction with them. A small team of staff provide outreach support for pupils in their own homes and in community settings. The school uses one alternative provider, Laboratory Media Education, Norwich, to enable pupils to learn vocational skills in print media.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that requires improvement The proprietor, headteacher and the governing board do not make full use of the information they have to make improvements. Not all of the areas for improvement identified at the previous inspection have been resolved. Overall attendance remains low. Pupils’ persistent absence limits the progress they make. There are inconsistencies in teaching and in the use of assessment information to plan learning for pupils of different abilities. The school does not meet all of the independent school standards. A significant proportion of pupils do not receive their full entitlement to the curriculum. Pupils have too few opportunities to develop their literacy and numeracy skills. Detailed schemes of work are not in place for all subjects, including pupils’ personal, social health and economic education. The recording of actions taken to safeguard pupils are not routinely checked by the governing board to see if they work well enough. The school has the following strengths Recently appointed leaders are providing the school with further capacity to improve. The school’s ‘secure base’ therapeutic approach ensures that pupils who have been excluded and have missed long periods of their schooling feel safe and can re-engage in learning. Staff provide pupils with high-quality care and support. They are adept at forging relations with pupils, finding out about their needs and interests, and welcoming them back into education. Parents value highly the school’s work. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school must take action to meet the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements. The details are listed in the full report.