Alternative to Exclusion is more reactive in nature, mirroring the process and formality of an out of school exclusion, but offering a period of reflection for restorative and behavior change work, whilst remaining abreast of peers by continuing to access the curriculum. A2E is not a ‘soft’ option and often young people report it is more difficult to come into school and address what’s happened, rather than create space between themselves and the incident before returning to school harbouring thoughts, behaviours and anxieties that they had either displaced or forgotten about. Quite often exclusion leads to a cycle of behavior that can be destructive to the young person, their peers, parents/carers, school staff and overall morale/culture of an establishment. That said, we understand and provide support where there is no other option than to exclude. In these circumstances, the RE:SET facility would be used as a means of reintegration to the school with a focus on reparation and promotion of self-regulation for smooth transition back to classes.
We work with individuals in school, dealing with distress, often displayed through hostility, aggression or dissociation. We adopt a mixture of practices including restorative and cognitive learning styles such as choice theory and emotional literacy helping individuals understand why their behaviour is unacceptable and the consequences of it on their futures.
Pupils aged 11-18 years, between S1-S6.
By referral from the Pupil Support Depute Rector who cascades information to the RE:SET service. Duration mirrors the period of time for an out of school exclusion – maximum 10 days.