The Forwards Centre is an educational provision for Key Stage 1 & 2 pupils who have experienced difficulties in their mainstream schools because of their social, emotional and behavioural needs.
The provision caters for up to 40 children.
All the children follow the National Curriculum for Maths, English, Science and Computing. Enrichment activities focus on developing pupils’ talents and self-confidence. These include music, art, PE and cookery. In addition, all the children work on the personal and social skills that will enable them to be successful in their next setting.
Having spent the last 20 or so years working in primary education, I am proud to have become the Academy Lead at the Forwards Centre.
At the Forwards centre, we work with primary aged children who have been excluded (or are in danger of being excluded) from schools in Bolton.
One of my greatest pleasures is meeting parents and families in the run up to their children starting with us. We do this whilst the centre is working and full of children in order that families can see us in action. We think this is important as most families are anxious about their children attending an alternative provision like the Forwards Centre. The most common reaction is a sense of relief as they walk around the centre and see the positive relationships between children and staff and the calm, supportive atmosphere.
We have 5 classes, each with a teacher, 2 learning mentors and a maximum of 9 children.
We are a short-term provision and see our role as helping children move on and be successful in their next educational setting.
We work individually with children on specific behaviour to help remove any barriers to that success. We will also identify any gaps in learning and work with children to help ensure that they have the academic skills that they will need when they move on to their next setting. Finally, we will help co-ordinate services to ensure that children and families are accessing the support they need to move on and be successful.
Communication is an important factor in children doing well with us and we have a group for families which meets regularly. Each child also has a key worker acting as a point of regular contact between home and the centre.
The Forwards Centre is governed at a local level by the Primary Local Governing Body.
Details of the membership can be found at the following link: