What is GR6?
GR6 has been created for post 16 pupils who will benefit from the kind of support and understanding they receive in The Green Room School environment, alongside the challenge of an outward facing curriculum that embraces community, employment, further education, life skills and academic nourishment.
As in The Green Room lower schools, the academic and therapeutic support is available for all learners, however the sixth form pupils are treated with a greater level of responsibility for their own development. We encourage independent thought, peer collaboration and an acceleration of life and employability skills that will all go towards creating a confident young person, with the qualifications, resources and resilience to enter the next phase of their lives.
Who is it for?
Gr6 is a much needed alternative for pupils who are either not ready or not equipped to thrive in a college or school sixth form environment. The curriculum is diverse, age appropriate and aims to be an environment where pupils will flourish and build a momentum that will take them on a path to success.
The curriculum has been designed to allow learners of all levels to access a timetable that is appropriate to their needs. It is modular in structure, which allows for admissions to be considered at the beginning of any term without the learners 'treading water' unnecessarily. This is important for an alternative provision to be available for any learner at any time when everything else is not working. During the admissions process we encourage the learners to think actively about their future and where their strengths and weaknesses lie so we can create a path that is as bespoke as possible for them to maximise their engagement and enjoyment of GR6.
"I'm a new person, I've met new people, I've made new skills and overall I've found me!" - Pupil
This timetable gives pupils diversity but also consistency and dedicated days to focus on certain skills and disciplines. The longer sessions (up to 1 hour 30 mins) allow for a mindset to be created on each day, allowing for greater productivity and depth to be achieved. This is inline with real life, where most employment doesn't require you to completely change your focus into different areas every hour. The curriculum is broken up into the following key areas:
The Masters Edge
The Edge has been developed by PiXL, working alongside educators and in partnership with business leaders. They have designed the program to ensure young people leave education equipped with the skills that employers really value, and will help them be successful in the workplace.
These skills are based around Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative, Communication (The LORIC principles).
To achieve a Master-level qualification in The Edge, students need to complete five projects that demonstrate their progress in improving their LORIC qualities. Each project or activity will correspond to a LORIC principle.
Examples of activities could be: planning a large event (dinner, dance, festival etc.) for Organisation, undertaking a big challenge (mountain climb, cycle ride to Paris, skydive etc.) for Resilience, or creating a piece of music, artwork, book or performance for Communication.
These activities must have a ‘reach’ of 250 people, which could take the form of personal interactions,
Youtube views, etc. The activities must also last for roughly 50 hours in total, including time dedicated
towards planning and preparation. The Masters Edge is an accredited Level 3 Qualification.
The Next Step
The destinations of all our learners are of paramount importance and we will ensure Green Room pupils will have a meaningful plan in place for where they would like to go next. This includes work experience, apprenticeships, supported internships, employment and further education. Our careers advice is impartial and has the best interests of our pupils at heart. We have a dedicated SENCO who will aid in the transition of all pupils to the completion of their next destination. We maintain strong links with our alumni who can always rely on our support as well as providing inspiration for our current pupils This transition will take some pupils longer than others so in order to do this our graduate scheme is available for pupils up to the age of 25.
Setting off for the summit of Scafell Pike - Resilience Project
Helping with renovations at The Swan Pub in Clewer
Employment gives a sense of purpose and self worth within the local community, job sector and modern society. ‘Employability’ at The Green Room offers invaluable guidance and advice which lets our pupils consider the following at the early stages of adulthood:
• Skill development - allowing pupils access to a variety of new experiences.
• Career exploration - introducing pupils to new professional paths, particular roles or sectors,
workplace and office culture.
• Personal growth - Lifelong Learning is key to personal progression and satisfaction.
• Socialising - from professional networking, to making new friends.
• Creating an impact - understanding that work offers a way to have a real and lasting impact on the community.
By the end of their journey at The Green Room, pupils are well equipped with industry knowlegde, a CV and covering letter, work experience, interview techniques, how to present themselves and confident to enter the world of work.
Through visits and open days at local colleges, our pupils have the freedom to explore various avenues for life after The Green Room. Working closely with alternate providers we can arrange and develop transitional support into the next stage of our pupils lives.
The Life Skills programme for GR6 focuses on all of the things you wish were taught at schools but unfortunately weren’t. No one can undermine the importance of academic and creative qualifications, but here at TheGreen Room we aim to ensure our pupils become well rounded individuals, not just qualified ones. Using the 3 C’s created by PiXL (currency, character and culture) we have put together a programme that aims to develop skills in our pupils that range from being able to access the NHS, coping with failure and understanding tax! We follow a Scheme of Work covering various skills, but if a pupil requires a particular topic outside of this, it can be included.
The 'Assessment Centre' - getting interview ready
“Students have the opportunity to take part in work placements, which enriches their sixth-form experience effectively. Students are prepared well for their next stage of education, employment or training.” - Ofsted
Level Best is a self improvement system that helps pupils change their own lives for the better. Level Best consists of three levels, each level consisting of three self-imposed challenges that must be achieved before you can progress to the next one. By taking ownership of what holds them back, we work together with the pupils to track their therapeutic progress. Level Best is simple but effective. It is a great mentoring system that motivates pupils to 'level up’. Pupils who reach Level 2 or Level 3 display positive changes in behaviour and attitude and a direct increase in attendance and academic progress. Level Best goes straight to the root of the problem and tackles what matters most. Pupils are assigned a staff mentor who keeps them on track, discussing areas of strength and things to improve on to ensure therapeutic and social progress.
GCSE English Re-sit
Improved competency in English language provides a passport to better opportunities for our young people. At The Green Room we offer the opportunity to revisit GCSE English Language and develop a better quality of written communication, general literacy and comprehension. Regardless of future aspirations literacy is vital to any workplace and increases pupils’ employability.
We provide a dynamic programme of study that incorporates the interests of our learners. We believe in the principles of phenomenon based learning and hope to engage our young people by encouraging their curiosity.
GCSE Maths Re-sit
Mathematics re-sits aims to boost calculation skills and improve problem solving abilities with the aim of achieving a higher grade than has previously been achieved. It teaches clearer logical thinking and sharpens concentration and observance. Our pupils increase their mental visualisation skills, memory and
sharpen their overall mental formation. The effect on reading and writing is also undeniable, and listening skills will improve also. Lessons will be delivered in a typical classroom setting, however the staff to student ratio is higher than would normally be found. A 1:2 staff-to-student ratio is to be expected and generally classes sizes will never exceed 8. Above all else Maths aims to develop confidence and self-esteem with numbers in order to function in the wider world.
“Without your help Green Room, I’d not be the man I’d wanted to be.” - Pupil
The importance of a healthy lifestyle is at the forefront of our ethos with all our pupils. We have a healthy eating policy and encourage all pupils to respect their mind and bodies. Once a week, alongside the lower school and all our staff, GR6 play team sports. It is an entirely egalitarian arena where everyone plays with sportsmanship, respect and most of all enjoyment. Friendly competition encourages maximum effort and
this is also a great opportunity for our GR6 pupils to be positive role models for our lower school.
“The sixth form is outstanding. All students
are prepared well so that they make a successful transition to education, training or employment” - Ofsted