Novaturient (adj.) desiring or seeking powerful change in one’s life, behavior, or situation
Both schools within PCT Education believe that all students are entitled to a curriculum that includes a wide range of learning opportunities. We provide out of the box creative ways for students to meet their individual learning targets alongside stretching their engagement and learning ability leading to progression.
Novaturient values and ethos ensures that students are provided with continuous opportunities for life, skills for work and academic achievements in all core subjects, alongside the development of their Social Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Well-being. Being a small independent school we have a high level of experienced staff providing two to one ratio of support to students. This allows us to provide social time so students can build trust and form positive relationships, leading to a sense of belonging.
Extra curricular Learning
Students at PCT Education also have the opportunities to learn other skills that interest them.
We work with a local Kickboxing gym to offer students a safe environment to learn new skills and keep fit in a fun, active way.
If students want to learn about a manual career, we work with ace-project who specialise in mechanics, construction and carpentry. Here students can learn skills that prepare them for a alternative future in education, because in the end not every student is geared for academic learning.
PCT Education has undertaken a new and exciting project called WILD. The project has been developed and is managed across both schools. All aspects of the project are fully insured and risk assessed, providing a safe environment for all involved.
The objective of the project is to take the learning environment outside the classroom and encourage young people to use their imaginations and explore the world around them. All areas of the curriculum can creatively use the space to bring their subjects alive.
WILD is situated in the centre of the countryside. We have 25 amazing acres of woodland to explore.
Bush craft skills
The woods have a lot to offer our students; we have a structured programme that is built around their interests alongside stretching their knowledge and providing a safe environment to push their boundaries.
Students have an opportunity to learn bush craft skills, building up to an overnight stay under the stars staying in their own shelter.
There is no statutory requirement for schools to provide Enrichment opportunities, but it is encouraged by the Department for Education (DfE) and Ofsted. Ofsted's inspection framework emphasises the importance of personal development and extending the curriculum beyond academic achievement. We see it as necessary that all of our students have access to do things they love, as this helps build passion and confidence across the board. We feel it is essential that students get to do something for no other reason than they have an interest or passion in that thing.
Within the Enrichment team, we support students to engage with life-affirming activities that support socialisation, personal growth, self worth and support to bring families together. We offer activities and trips designed to expand the skills and experiences that children have — this is known as Enrichment. Such activities included Circus Skills Workshops, after school dance club 'Beat Inspiration' and engagement with local activities such as the 'Out There Festival'. See included information to get a better idea of what we do.
We also know that 1:1 support can work best with some students, so some may be supported around 1:1 personal activity. These include completing a piece of artwork, caring for the school dog, having time in the local Cat Café or making a miniature garden.We offer 1:1 personal therapy for all students that wish to engage with it. We want to support our student's mental health and emotional resilience, so we feel it is essential to offer these 1:1 sessions, at times seeing students through the holiday periods to support continuity and a high level of support.
We are responsible for Family Support and look to build robust and resilient relationships with our student's homes/families. We know that if the student's family is engaged and behind the school, our students will achieve better results, be happy in school, and have an overall better educational experience, paving the way for college and further learning.This can take a long time due to some of our family's previous educational experiences. We look to carry out weekly contact/home visits, if necessary, to build these relationships and offer any support we can.
We also support staff with regular clinical supervision for all staff members to use. This is an opportunity for staff members to have a space to explore worries, concerns and difficulties they may be having.This space offers the opportunity to support staff with understanding the conscious and unconscious processes that might be present within the classroom and to explore the relationships and dynamics between both staff and students. Research has shown that this style of support increases staff morale, effectiveness, and confidence and decreases stress, burnout, and absence.