Pastoral care is very important at North East Futures UTC. Students will be in a small Project Tutor team and they will be your first port of call to ensure your wellbeing.
A big part of the pastoral programme is guiding young people towards theuir future careers. We offer help for Year 12 students on deciding between our two most common destinations: Apprenticeship or University. We support 6th formers in the UCAS process and encourage visits to Universities. We also support 6th formers in finding great Apprenticeship opportunities and throughout the recruitment process.
Year 11 students are also supported on their pathway to 6th form. We offer a guaranteed place in the UTC 6th form and we help young people manage their applications if they choose to go elsewhere for their 6th form education.
Year 10 and Year 12 students have a daily tutor period of 20 minutes. Tutors are there to support young people if they are struggling with anything from stress, to relationships to issues outside of school. The tutor will refer to other professionals if further help is needed. E.g. your tutor will help you make a counselling referral if needed.
The tutor is the first point of contact for parents or students for most concerns. Students see their tutors for 20 minutes every day.
Regular attendance, behaviour, academic progress checks will take place. Extra-curricular opportunities e.g. the Duke of York technology awards are included during this time.
This time is used to support the learning of social, moral and cultural issues, to help the individual to appreciate their value and understanding of each other. This is a time when issues that are of concern for an individual or group can be addressed and discussed without fear of judgement, giving an opportunity for students a good opportunity to express themselves.
Year 10 and 11 students receive a weekly Personal Development session where they will follow a non-exam curriculum consisting of Citizenship, Ethics, Finance, Sex and Relationships Education, Drugs Education, Careers education, Radicalisation Education and much more. These topics will prepare young people for life in modern Britain.
Our topics have been carefully selected to match the PSHE syllabus and to complement other parts of the curriculum. We also incorporate topics which are current and of interest to our industry partners for example Medical Ethics.
In addition to our Personal Development session, we schedule outside speakers to come into the UTC and work with the students on specific topics.
Radicalisation advice for parents
At North East Futures UTC we pride ourselves on celebrating and promoting diversity. We also recognise however that in today’s world young people are faced with many pressures as they grow up and can often be influenced by strong feelings expressed by others. Our concern is that all our students feel safe and also express tolerance towards all cultures and religions even when personal views may be different.
The PREVENT strategy is designed to protect people potentially at risk of being radicalised. There are many indicators that may possibly mean that an individual may be being adversely targeted by an extremist group or cause, such as:
· Suddenly changing how they dress or their appearance.
· High absence rate from school with no clear reason.
· Losing interest in friends or activities not associated with a particular ideology, with their behaviour becoming focused on an extreme idea or cause.
· Possessing or being associated with material or symbols associated with an extremist cause, being in communication with suspected extremists
· Use of internet or other social media sites associated with extremism.
North East Futures UTC fully endorses the PREVENT strategy that:
“Schools can help to protect children from extremist and violent views in the same ways that they help to safeguard children from drugs, gang violence or alcohol. Their purpose must be to protect children from harm and to ensure that they are taught in a way that is consistent with the law and our values.”
“Schools have an important role to play in PREVENT, particularly in ensuring balanced debate as well as freedom of speech. They also have a clear responsibility to exercise their duty of care and to protect the welfare of their students. Staff can identify and offer support to students who may be drawn into extremism.”
Please be reassured that all of our students are given information on staying safe in the school and wider community and are told about appropriate behaviour in terms of their day to day conduct and when using technology. We do follow up and refer any inappropriate or concerning behaviour and work closely with a range of other agencies, such as the police and social care. Our Safeguarding team are always available to discuss any issue you as parents/carers may be concerned about – please contact [email protected] if you have any concerns.
Industry partner projects
The UTC runs regular industry projects, sometimes in normal lesson time and sometimes in ‘drop down’ time where all UTC students can participate in a project together.
This time allows students to really experience the fundamentals of the business world, completing tasks, meeting deadlines, working with project experts, being creative, leading others and selling an idea.
This is an opportunity for each student to experience the pace of modern Britain through the world of work and in doing so preparing the students for the next stage beyond North East Futures UTC.
The UTC promotes the use of technology to support learning. All students must sign up to our Acceptable Use Agreement and our Pastoral programme includes E-Safety to support students be safe online.
For advice on E-Safety click here to be taken to Think U Know – a UTC-approved site dedicated to supporting families with e-safety