Hopespring Sunderland Therapeutic Learning Provision is designed to help some of the most vulnerable emotionally and behaviourally complex young people in the region. Staff work in dual roles as both teachers and therapists, working predominantly with young people who have either been permanently excluded from school or alternative provisions already, or who are at risk of being so with their current placement.

Who are we and what do we do?

Hopespring Sunderland Therapeutic Learning Provision is owned and operated by the Hopespring charity. We are an independent therapeutic facility helping vulnerable young people aged 11-16 who struggle with their educational experience. It is our belief and practice to uphold and encourage respect, care, love, acceptance and belonging among our staff and pupils.

The teachings, curriculum and programmes are designed to help individuals grow in confidence, raise their aspirations and reach their full potential.  We look to provide our pupils the building blocks for a better life. We seek to engage young people on pathways to learning with accredited outcomes, that facilitate reintegration back into school, or progression on to further education or employment with training.

Everything we do is centred around the needs of the individual student. Teaching curriculums are designed to help young people achieve accredited outcomes and qualifications, whilst also growing in confidence and raising their aspirations for the future.

Therapeutic tools – such as stress management and emotional regulation – are embedded into the learning environment across the provision. We have seen that, whether each individual student progresses on to further education or employment with training, what is going on ‘on the inside’ is as key a determinant of success as qualifications are when reaching their potential. We aim to provide each student with not only a better CV but also a better ‘emotional toolkit’ for handling the challenges that life brings.

Our Ethos

  • We believe that each young person should know that they are valuable, unique and gifted and are able to achieve both now and in the future.
  • We believe that partnerships with local organisations, communities and individuals hold the key to unlocking great education and support for our pupils and their families, both in and out of the classroom.
  • We share a distinctive benevolent ethos. In practice, the values of respect, care, love, acceptance and belonging for all will be upheld and encouraged among our staff, pupils and throughout our community.

Our Aims

  • Address the individual social, emotional and learning needs of young people, developing self-esteem. Meet the individual social, emotional and learning needs of young people within the learning environment, developing self-esteem and character
  • Engage young people on pathways to learning with accredited outcomes, enabling them to gain recognised qualifications. Re-engage young people with education and set them off on pathways to learning with accredited outcomes and recognised qualifications
  • Challenge and help modify bad behaviour, teaching young people to make appropriate choices. Enable young people to emotionally regulate themselves better and manage their own stress, giving them space to make decisions that help them towards a better future

Education

Therapy is at the heart of how we work. Hopespring Sunderland Therapeutic Learning Provision has places for 12 of the most vulnerable emotionally and behaviourally complex young people from the surrounding area. We work predominantly with young people who have either been permanently excluded from school or alternative provisions already, or who are at risk of being so with their current placement.

Staff work in dual roles as teacher/therapist with predominantly young people who have been excluded from main stream school or alternative provision or are at risk in their current placement.

At Hopespring Sunderland, we regularly work with young people who have particular educational, social, emotional and behavioural needs, including those for whom English is not their first language.

Our staff teams are trained to work with pupils with a variety of learning needs and to differentiate work accurately and effectively, based on strong initial and ongoing assessment.  Our small groups and high staff-pupil ratios provide a setting for nurturing to take place. This means that we can tailor the curriculum and level of support for each individual, allowing every student to make progress and achieve success.

Pupils studying at our establishments benefit from fully modernised learning and recreation facilities. The classroom is a multifunctional teaching and learning base, specially designed to facilitate a relaxed, but structured, environment. Young people are encouraged to rewrite their story through specialised behaviour and motivation management. Creating new options for their future and new ways of coping with the challenges life brings.