Who Are We?
We are a dedicated school services delivery team which is committed to working in partnership with schools and education authorities to support young people, who may be experiencing difficulty in and outwith the mainstream school setting, to achieve their potential.
We engage young people through physical, emotional and social challenges; taking them into a personal ‘stretch’ zone where powerful learning occurs and help evaluate their learning, and how to put those lessons to work in their classes, home lives and communities. Young people discover strengths they didn’t think they had; facets of their background and personality they can draw upon, with us supporting their school journey, enabling them to learn new skills and build the confidence and motivation needed to make aspired changes. Some of the issues we tackle are:
- Parental imprisonment
- Parental substance misuse
- Substance Misuse
- Parental illness
- Sexual health
- Mental Health
There is no room for complacency in dealing with those young people who repeatedly misbehave and for whom current sanctions don’t appear to be effective in changing behaviour. Seriously disruptive behaviour such as defiance, bullying, aggression and violence can have a lasting detrimental effect on the care and welfare of peers, teachers, support staff and families (Discipline Task Group (June 2001).
It is our aim to lead and inspire our young people towards a positive future.
Our flex fit model allows the confidence we have in our delivery method, resources and training to mould delivery to a shape which suits the needs of your school and its pupils.
Our service delivery model can be imposing or organic, permanent or sessional; guaranteeing an engaging, supportive and quality experience for all beneficiaries and stakeholders.
Apex has over 25 years experience working with young people at risk. With the publication of papers that pointed to early and effective intervention we decided to adapt our successful history of working with ex offenders, adults and young people at risk to a younger audience. This adaptation has proved successful with work in schools across Scotland becoming a key priority for the organisation. Previously we have been involved in work with prisons, employment programmes, criminal justice and local initiatives such as the AYE project and Think Again as well as large national initiatives such as P2W and GRFW.
Ultimately school premises are a great base to work with young people as it can be the most stable and continuous presence in a young person’s life. When a young person begins working with us, they don’t know what to expect, until they realise we reserve no expectations; setting the premise for young people to be themselves. We do operate as an alternative to exclusion; however accept referrals from outside agencies who feel a young person requires support from us.
It is important to note that our service is distinct from the statutory requirement of education. We fully recognise, and support, the role of Education, Social Work, Community Learning and Development and others in the implementation of Getting in Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) and Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) to provide the best possible start and support for our young people.
However, no system, however well intentioned, can cater for all situations and we believe that Apex Inclusion can add value to existing strategies and support young people to examine their behaviour, develop coping strategies to deal with many of the challenges in their life, and support them to have the opportunity and choice to consider a positive future.