The VIP Programme is provided for 14 to 16 year old students for whom the traditional GCSE model is inappropriate. We offer an alternative option choice from as early as the beginning of Year 9.
Students are out of school for part of their week, undertaking a work placement for one or more days per week and, where appropriate, a recognised course of study at our own Training Centre, a college or training provider’s premises for one to five days a week.
Opportunities for work-based training and assessment are also possible for students who would benefit.
The programme is designed to be flexible in order to meet the needs of individual students. BEP Group identifies an appropriate work placement that supports the students’ course of study, we monitor and follow up attendance (daily), notifying the school of any absence and the reasons.
Key Workers are assigned a ‘case load’ of students whom they support, mentor, monitor and review throughout the 2 years of the programme.
The Key Workers also have a crucial role in developing and maintaining productive relationships with employers, college staff, trainers and parents.
The VIP programme aims to enable students to achieve skills and capabilities in an alternative learning environment. By reducing the number of GCSEs and offering different experiences than are possible in school, students will be more able to reach their individual potential. Specific learning outcomes will vary for individuals, with the main drivers being the development of skills, attributes and attitudes that will lead to further education at 16+ and/or employment.