Education and Independent Living Skills Programme

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Stage 1 (12 weeks):

The programme starts with an induction to allow students to become familiar and confident in their surroundings whilst building relationships with staff and peers. We begin to prepare a student ‘MY’ Plan together which will form the bespoke personal road map that will enable a student to begin their journey of learning and development at Pioneer.

Stage 2 (12 weeks):

Now the student is more settled they can make choices about what they would like to learn more about and which vocational areas and sports interest them most. They will have got to know their environment and the Pioneer community as well as begun to build relationships with their key worker, staff team and peer group.

Stage 3 (6 months until 16 years):

We make adjustments to the ‘MY’ Plan after consultation with the student as well as professionals. Provided there is evidence of good progress, students can apply for a role as a Junior Assistant Instructor (14-16 years) or a Senior Assistant Instructor (16-18 years) as well as undertake work experience in a vocational area. 

Stage 4 (16-18 year olds / school leavers):

Entry into Stage 4 is subject to students having completed Stages 1 through 3. At Stage 4 students will have the opportunity to make further choices with regards to their chosen further education subjects and vocational career opportunities. At Pioneer, traineeships allow a student to access a variety of part-time paid work with continued access to education and training. This will enable students to transition into working life and develop the appropriate employability skills to maintain a full-time job in the future.

Stage 5 (18+)

Students at this stage will have achieved all, or most, of their chosen training and traineeship goals. As a consequence, they will have secured a full-time role either in-house at Pioneer, within the wider Phoenix Park or out in the local community. To maximise the opportunity for them to transition successfully from a life in the care system, Pioneer will support each young person with their ongoing personal development by way of a continuing transition programme.

We work hard with both students and parents, guardians, or other agencies, to ensure that the programme is communicated effectively and that the student has the support network they need to become successful through their journey at Pioneer.

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Individually tailored education

Pioneer offers a diverse education provision alongside residential childcare with a broad and balanced flexible curriculum that combines academic key skills as well as PSHE, science, art, music and vocational subjects.

The young people that come through our doors are all unique, which is why our education programme is individually tailored. This is essential for providing our students with skills for life, not just for accessing opportunities in the working world, but also developing their personal relationships too.

Having quality residential care combined with a practical based education and an activities programme that inspires and motivates, ensures that our young people engage and continue their education.

Students will have their own structured pathway, working at their own pace to reach their goals, with actual rewards and certifications at the end of it which they will know how to use to get a job, or even embark upon a career.

Engaging with our students about their own personal development is essential for their success through the Pioneer journey. Whatever their interests, we will try to accommodate them helping them to achieve their goals as well as develop skills.

We want our students to:

Succeed in education

Knowledge and learning can equip young people for life, regardless of the subject. We’re focused on ensuring our students succeed.

Be happy and healthy

The most important achievement for our students is to be happy and healthy. We equip them with the tools they need to become this.

Build good relationships

Learning the skills to build healthy and strong relationships help our students to grow as individuals and become well-rounded adults.

Have a safe place to stay

Have a safe place to stay - Feeling safe and secure is crucial for many of the young people that walk through our doors. The stability & structure of TEC Life enables them to feel this.