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(UK) E. Anglia: Alternative school set up for kids with social/emotional needs

May 15, 2018, (UK) East Anglian Times: New school at Wickham Market offers a totally different way of learning http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/new-education-initiative-at-wickham-market-1-5517181 School doesn’t work for everyone but for children with mental health issues there’s often little else on offer to turn around lives at risk of stalling before they’ve even got started. Until now... As Mental Health Awareness Week begins, Sheena Grant reports on one woman’s bold new venture…. The safeguarding and education professional left her job at the start of the year to concentrate on setting up a new venture that’s been 18 months in the planning and has the power to transform the lives of children for whom mainstream school isn’t working. Her vision of offering alternative education to 11 to 16-year-olds in need has now been realised in the shape of PLOT, a community interest company delivering bespoke learning, therapy and training on a farm at Wickham Market. … “Many refuse school due to anxiety or depression, experience bullying and are excluded due to non-attendance,” she says. “Some have had traumatic experiences and struggle with their emotional regulation or find it difficult to build friendships or manage the day-to-day structure of school. I wanted to do something about it so I set up this community interest company to try and make a difference. … Pupils come from across the county, can study health and fitness, business and enterprise, creative studies, early years and childcare, employability skills and uniformed services and can take V Cert qualifications, high-quality, technical alternatives to GCSEs…. But budgets are tight and Bev is looking for financial support, donations and fundraising ideas to enhance learning and maybe even buy a horse for children to ride and nurture. Among the events already planned is a black tie ball at Kersey in September. To find out more visit the website at www.plotcic.co.uk. ‘It’s the light at the end of a dark tunnel’ It’s no exaggeration to say PLOT has been the answer to Caroline Rose’s prayers. Her son, Ralph, now 12, was left with post traumatic stress disorder after he was attacked by another child at the age of just five and has been unable to attend mainstream school successfully for large amounts of time since. …