Candidate Support: Students Registered for Qualifications at Releasing Potential
All students at Releasing Potential are entitled to the maximum level of support to progress. We have high expectations for all our students, and work hard to support them to achieve the highest possible level of qualifications given their individual needs, interests and abilities.
Assessment for support happens on entry to Releasing Potential School as well as throughout a student’s time with us. The following chart shows how assessment for support works at Releasing Potential:
|Point of assessment||Assessment Type||Purpose of Assessment|
|Enrolment||EHCP Needs Review||Establish barriers to accessing teaching resources and fair assessment.|
|Enrolment||Initial Assessment (Maths & English)||Establish levels / previous experience to ensure appropriate programme of study.|
|Induction (first half term)||Initial Assessment (ongoing)||As above.|
|Ongoing & annually||Assessment for Learning||Assessment of progress against current Level/s as well as emerging additional needs (usually related to SEMH or new diagnoses).|
Once a student has made sufficient progress in the first term with Releasing Potential, they will be registered by the Exams Officer for appropriate qualification(s). In the case of Years 7-10, this may only be NCFE Functional Skills English & Maths (Y7-Y10) or NCFE PSD (Y10). In the case of Years 11-13 this will likely be a range of ASDAN and NCFE qualifications.
Once registered, the student will be given a copy of their Unique Learner Number(s). This/these number(s) will be used each time a claim is made for a qualification from the accrediting body. The student will be given access to this number at any time they request it, and a copy will be provided to their parent/carer at point of registration as well as on graduation from Releasing Potential School as part of their leaver’s folder (along with qualifications and other awards).
Advice and guidance are available to all students at Releasing Potential in a range of ways. Please note that safeguarding disclosures must be reported to the Designated Safeguarding Lead and are separate to the general advice and guidance listed here.
|Type of advice / guidance||Details of provision||Staff or Team Responsible|
|Pastoral support||1:1 provision with a trusted adult in each student’s timetable as standard1:1 provision is available with the DSL who is trained to deliver wellbeing interventions as and when necessary.||Centre Managers (WP, KG, RT) Deputy Centre Managers (MM, DS) Designated Safeguarding Lead (CB)|
|Curriculum support||1:1 reading sessions weeklySubject Lead drop-in sessions (half termly)Catch-up sessions and additional 1:1 support for students in groups.Exam preparation sessions (1:1 and group)||Curriculum Lead (CP) Assorted Subject Leads|
|Mental Health Support||External Mental Health First AiderReferral to external agencies||Head Teacher (coordinates external provision)|
|Careers Guidance||Internal advice from specialist tutorsReferral to external impartial careers advice||Post-16 Co-Ordinators (SB & LB) Head Teacher (coordinates external provision)|
|Qualification information||Unique Learner numberInformation on credit exemption / transferInformation of Recognition of Prior Learning||Exams Officer (PW) Head of Institute (AG)|