Therapeutic Education

We adopt a holistic therapeutic approach towards individual education packages tailored to all its students. Each timetable concentrates on providing not only their academic needs but an equal emphasis on emotional and social development. We foster a high staff to student ratio to enable a safe containing environment where students can process and explore the difficulties that education or socialising in larger groups can evoke.

Fair Ways use the therapeutic behaviour management; Team Teach approach during the school day and all staff receive regular training. Therapeutic education is holistic and encourages agency and responsibility. How adults relate to students is viewed as just as important as what is taught. The containment, management and development of difficult emotions and behaviour from the students, is achieved through the medium of meaningful therapeutic relationships with staff.

We also employ a structured social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) initiative, to support emotional assessments and development programmes that are overseen and managed by staff trained and supervised to unpick the motivations that drive complex behaviour.

The therapy offered to students runs in conjunction with the academic programme. The overall approach is designed to meet the needs of young people who have varying degrees of emotional and social difficulties that affects their behaviour when engaging in academic work.

The staff receive training in a variety of areas such as good use of attachment theory, systemic theory, mental health needs and ensuring staff are up to date with the developing importance that neuroscience has to play in our understanding of child development.

We prioritise building a strong social and emotional foundation on which both academic and personal success ultimately depends. We aim to make the school more enjoyable and meaningful both for pupils and staff, by focusing on well-being and personal development, supporting growth in self-confidence, self-esteem, interpersonal relations and study skills.

Staff and students meet regularly to engage in reflective therapeutic groups, to unpick the difficult feelings being projected and transferred within the boundaries of their relationships. The aim is see the young people’s behaviour as internal conflicts based on past unmet needs, that must be thought about, understood an acted on in way that enables the students and staff to function in alliance with each other.

Fair Ways Education provides a Play Therapist certified to practice by Play Therapy United Kingdom (PTUK). They are based offsite in a specialised play room environment. Play therapy can be used for a range of problems that include communication, emotional and behaviour, socialising skills and an on-going assessment tool. This is seen as an effective method to support young people with social, emotional and behavioural needs.