Life Chance Education

Transforming the life chances of the young people and families that we work alongside

Who we are

Life Chance Education is committed to transforming the life chances of the young people and families that we work alongside. We aim to do this in several ways firstly, through our growing chain of independent therapeutic day schools.

Our Schools

LCE run a growing chain of independent therapeutic day schools in the South West called School for Inspiring Talents (SfIT). We support families and young people aged 5-16, supporting those children who do not find it easy to fit into an existing mainstream educational provision. This can be for many reasons, including a range of behavioural, emotional and educational challenges including difficulties such as sensory processing disorders, attachment disorders and those having experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The term Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is used to describe a wide range of stressful or traumatic experiences that children can be exposed to whilst growing up. ACEs range from experiences that directly harm a child (such as suffering physical, verbal or sexual abuse and physical or emotional neglect) to those that affect the environment in which a child grows up (including parental separation, domestic violence, mental illness, alcohol abuse, drug use or incarceration). Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration and lifelong health and opportunities. The current list of ACEs used by Trauma Informed Schools UK includes 20 of such stressful or traumatic experiences. However here at Life Chance Education we have identified a further 3 ACEs which are relevant to a number of the children and young people that we work with.  Namely – multiple changes in care setting, being placed in a residential care setting (as opposed to a family home) and sporadic or inconsistent contact with a parent.

When starting to work with a child, young person or family it is essential that we work with all involved agencies to identify ACEs for our students and their families and when in their development they occurred. We can thereby create a profile of which areas of emotional, neurological, speech and language, attachment and behaviour development will have been impacted and create and deliver individual therapeutic-education care plans based on our findings. We also offer ongoing support to make sure that all the recommendations in our individual therapeutic-education care plans are fully embedded and continue to meet all the needs of our students and their families as they move forward in their lives. It is our intention that every student will achieve their full potential in both academic and personal development. As a day school, we provide an alternative to residential education which supports our students to develop independence and social skills whilst living in their home environment.

We are passionate about providing the appropriate support, care, nurture and educational strategies that will allow these amazing young people to succeed in reaching for their dreams, to achieve the skills and talents that they will need to flourish in their lives, despite their challenges and difficulties, indeed sometimes because of them. Our school fosters the dreams and talents of our students, parents, staff and the wider community so that these young people can have successful life chances.  

School for Inspiring Talents is an all-through school. Our innovative model directly addresses our students’ unmet needs through nurture, inspiration, motivation, support and care, to enable learning through a very different educational approach. Our school has created an environment that combines both special school and alternative provision in a new and innovative way.  Working in the school’s holistic way will make the most positive difference to the life chances of these young people.

School for Inspiring Talents is committed to being an outstanding school that enables our students to develop and realise their ambitions, as exemplified in our school motto    

‘Being the Best We Can Be’

Visit SfiT

School for Inspiring Talents – Newton Abbot:

The school is based at Hannah’s at Seale Hayne, Hannah’s has provided SfIT with our own classrooms and therapeutic space in a self-contained building. Seale Hayne offers further advantages in terms of the learning environment and access to wider services to support our curriculum. There are also suitable spaces for SfIT to run conferences and CPD for up to 150 people, linked to our specialisms, including behaviour/emotional health and curriculum innovation.

School for Inspiring Talents – Torquay:

The school space is rented from The Spires College. The college has provided SfIT with our own classrooms, therapeutic space and office in a self-contained building. It is situated underneath the main stand of Torquay Football Club. The Spires also offers further advantages in terms of other learning environments and access to wider services to support our curriculum

Our Assessment Centre

Life Chance Education is also committed to transforming the life chances of the young people and families in our communities. We aim to fulfil on this promise through our Life Chance Education Assessment Centres. The Assessment Centres are staffed by our Multi-Disciplinary Therapeutic Team (MDT) of professionals who specialise in the assessment of young people with Social Emotional & Mental Health difficulties (SEMH) and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The term Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is used to describe a wide range of stressful or traumatic experiences that children can be exposed to whilst growing up. ACEs range from experiences that directly harm a child (such as suffering physical, verbal or sexual abuse, and physical or emotional neglect) to those that affect the environment in which a child grows up (including parental separation, domestic violence, mental illness, alcohol abuse, drug use or incarceration). Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. We offer support to education and social care settings working to promote young people’s wellbeing. We offer an assessment package to identify ACEs for referred young people and their families and to create a profile of which areas of emotional, neurological, speech and language, attachment and behaviour development will have been impacted.  We can therefore support the referring settings to implement the individual therapeutic-education care plans we create based on our findings. We can also offer ongoing support to make sure that all the recommendations in our individual therapeutic-education care plans are fully embedded and continue to fully meet all the needs of the young person and their family as they move forward in their lives.

Personal growth

Learning is about more than academic skills. Without the necessary emotional maturity and resilience, it can be hard for children to engage with education. This is why we have a therapeutic approach that nurtures each child’s emotional wellbeing and creativity. By using individual coaching, therapeutic support and group work, students develop the skills and confidence they need to make positive life choices.

Our Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT)

As each child is an individual, one of our guiding principles is our ability to tailor to their individual strengths. As such, we look to see the ability in people through their talents and increase expectations of what is possible. We support our students to develop the skills, courage and confidence to make positive choices through individual therapeutic support and group work; helping them to improve their life chances. Our Multi-Disciplinary Service-Team consists of experts in the field of neuroscience, attachment theory, occupational therapy, speech & language therapy, psychology, child development, behaviour therapy, family work and ACEs.

  • Consultant Clinical Psychologist 
  • Education Psychologist 
  • Trauma Informed Practitioner (ACEs)  
  • Education Specialists
  • SENDco
  • Occupational Therapist 
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Specialist
  • Speech and Language Therapist  
  • Behaviour Specialists 
  • Family Practitioner

Our work with families

We are committed to building strong relationships between home and school, ensuring parents and school communicate actively with each other. All parents and carers need extra support at some point to cope with the many stages their children go through as they grow up. Our Family Practitioner arranges regular parents’ support groups and 1:2:1 sessions to help up-skill parents and carers on a number of topics affecting home life. New ways will be identified to support the removal of barriers to their child’s learning as well as helping to build their self-esteem.

Training, Coaching, Consultation, Supervision and On-going Support

We provide tailor-made training, coaching, consultation and supervision. Our consultants and trainers are also practising experts in their fields. They understand the challenges faced by others on the ground.

We don’t simply act as trainers, coming in and transferring knowledge. Instead, we act in partnership with you, supporting you to deliver the best teaching and care. This close mutual/reciprocal relationship also helps us to improve and grow our own services.

List of services offered:

  • SENDco/Behaviour Supervision (Supports Risk Management)
  • Primary Mental Health Support & Advisory Function 
  • Behaviour Support & Advisory Function
  • Parenting Support Programmes
  • Occupational Therapist Support & Advisory Function
  • Speech and Language Therapist Support & Advisory Function
  • Staff Training/Conferences for Vulnerable Learners
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)/Trauma Informed Practice
  • Training to identify, assess and support young people and their families with ACEs
  • Attachment Theory Training  
  • Neuroscience and Child Brain Development Training
  • Leadership Training
  • Leadership and staff coaching 
  • Access to a range of our Associate Specialists

To find out more about how we can help you, please contact our School Business Manager Jacqui Sloane

Tel: 01626 244086
Email: info@LCEducation.org.uk

Life Chance Education Ltd
Upper West Wing Offices
Seale Hayne
Howton Lane
Newton Abbot
TQ12 6NQ