Catch22 provides alternative and special full-time and part-time education for young people displaying a wide range of complex barriers to education, including those who are excluded or at risk of exclusion and those with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs or Special Educational Needs (SEN).
With an emphasis on transition and re-engagement back into mainstream education or employment, our four independent schools support vulnerable young people with challenging behaviours to realise their full potential, achieve academic and vocational targets, and progress into education, training and employment.
- 250 students were supported by our Include schools
- 68% of leavers went on to a positive destination
- 78% of GCSE entries were achieved
“I’m proud to be the Strategic Director for Justice & Education and lead on Catch22’s Education offer. Catch22 provides public services right across the welfare cycle, from Child Exploitation to Apprenticeships and Youth Justice to Care Leavers. Our vast expertise therefore perfectly position us to deliver Special and Alternative Education to children and young people for whom mainstream education is not suitable.
“We believe that all young people deserve a high-quality and supportive education that is specific to their needs. Our Include schools are inclusive at their very core. They move away from the traditional mainstream model of learning and, instead, deliver teaching via a small and supportive environment designed to meet the needs of individual pupils and encourage learners to re-engage with education. Our staff teams, equipped with specialist skills, knowledge and understanding, support pupils to feel safe, stay healthy, enjoy learning and, ultimately, progress into sustained positive destinations. Whether pupils transition back into a mainstream school, further education, employment or training, our schools give students the tools they need to positively contribute to society and lead a happy and fulfilling life.”
– Lisa Smitherman, Strategic Director (Justice & Education)
Include Norfolk is an independent school located across two sites in Norwich and Kings Lynn which caters for year 9, 10 and 11 pupils who have had difficulties learning within a mainstream school setting. Include Norfolk also offers a remote provision, Cloud22, to students for whom education is better delivered online.
The majority of our pupils have Social, Emotional, and/or Mental Health (SEMH) needs, and some may also require specialist support with Special Educational Needs such as Attention Deficit (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), whether they are diagnosed or not.
Include Norfolk aims for pupils to leave with five or more Level 2 qualifications so that they can assess and achieve in a post-16 placement. Many of our leavers progress on to City College Norwich (CCN) and the College of West Anglia (CoWA). We also offer vocational placements for pupils who wish to acquire meaningful skills.
Staff at Include are skilled in building and maintaining positive relationships. In doing so, they support pupils in raising their self-esteem, aspiration and confidence. Our staff teams take a trauma-informed and attachment-aware approach, working to understand each individual pupil and cater to their specific needs. Include Norfolk also has a full-time counsellor and dedicated pastoral staff so that pupils always have the right help and support, both in and out of the classroom.
“As parents, we have noticed a huge improvement thanks to you guys. After years of no education, our daughter now has a purpose to get up and is focused and engaged. Before, she had self-harmed for years and had no self-worth or self-confidence. I’m most thankful and grateful for all the staff at Catch22. You guys are bringing our daughter back to life.”
Include Suffolk is an independent school located across three sites in Ipswich, Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds. The school provides a temporary full-time, specialist education for children aged 5-12 years old whose needs cannot be met by their mainstream setting. Our mission, over 2-3 terms, is to support them to increase their capacity for learning, enabling them to return to a stable mainstream or specialist placement.
Each site has up to three classrooms, all consisting of a maximum of eight pupils in each class, facilitated by a teacher and two Teaching Assistants. Teachers and Advocates at Include Suffolk specialise in understanding and addressing the cause behind challenging behaviours. Some of our students may struggle with anxiety, low self-esteem and confidence; others may have learning difficulties such as ASD, Asperger’s, ADHD or attachment disorders.
Advocates work to support children with their emotional development using Motional, in and out of the classroom. They also provide support and guidance for families. Include Suffolk offers the full National Curriculum alongside nurture sessions and extra therapeutic interventions, bespoke to the specific needs of individual students. In this way, the school’s timetable is designed to help children not only with their academic progress but also to address their social and emotional needs.
“My child was not coping with mainstream and the size of the school. The three months he’s now been at Include Suffolk we have seen such a difference in his behaviour and learning.”
Include London is an independent school located across two sites in West London, in Ladbroke Grove and Southall. Include London provides full-time, alternative, secondary education learners in years 9, 10, 11 and 12 who are unable to access mainstream secondary education.
The school caters for pupils who have a range of social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs, as well as those who have been, or are at risk of becoming, excluded. Include London takes a young person-centred, holistic approach to education, moving away from mainstream methods with which learners have had difficulties in the past.
The focus is on unblocking the various barriers to learning with which each young person struggles, releasing their potential so that they can go on to succeed in further education, employment or training.
“Staff build positive relationships with pupils, which helps them develop self-esteem. Pupils behave well and show respect to one another, and to staff and visitors.”
– Ofsted, 2019
Include Wales is a Independent School registered with the Welsh Assembly Government. It provides full-time, alternative education for young people, most of whom have Social, Emotional, and/or Mental Health Needs (SEMH).
Include Wales is registered for 18 places at Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The school offers the Curriculum for Wales, alongside nurture sessions and extra academic interventions provided by our staff team trained in both behavioural and additional learning needs teaching. Our timetable is designed to help children not only with their academic progress but also to address their social and emotional needs.
Pupils attend the Include Wales for assessment, social nurture and academic intervention, before being supported back into appropriate mainstream or specialist schooling.
Include Wales’ mission is to provide a springboard that reinvigorates each student’s love for learning. We aim to enable every pupil to leave our school with high aspirations for themselves and a renewed confidence in their ability.
“I am so grateful for everything you have done over the years. My son came to you as an angry 4 year old. He was aggressive and violent. I am proud to say that he is now a completely different child thanks to the time and effort you have given him.”