Tullochan’s Future Choices project works with young people in S1 (aged 11-13) who have a range of behavioural, emotional and social needs and are disengaged from school life or at risk of becoming so. For example they are beginning to truant, do not become involved in organised school activities, show lack of confidence and self-belief to progress, have a negative attitude to school or have difficult backgrounds with no positive role models.
The project works with the pastoral care teachers of five secondary schools in West Dunbartonshire (Vale of Leven Academy, Our Lady & St. Patrick’s High School, Dumbarton Academy, Clydebank High School and St Peter The Apostle High School) to identify those young people who would benefit from the specific aims of the project and young people are also encouraged to refer themselves on to the after school clubs and activities.
In School Drop-In Sessions – Include one to one consultations, feedback and general advice sessions
In School Group Work Sessions – Focusing on the transition from primary to secondary education. This includes preventative workshops; drug, alcohol and smoking awareness; communication; relationships; target/goal setting to achieve specific youngsters’ goals to address their individual issues; Discover Arts Award (an arts based award where young people discover the arts around them and share their experience with others)
Outdoor Recreational Activities & Award Schemes – We work in partnership with providers such as John Muir Trust giving young people the chance to achieve a John Muir Award (an environmental initiative which encourages awareness and responsibility for the environment in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration)
Outdoor Activity Days and Residential Programmes – Designed to get young people out of their environment and involved in activities and experiences to which they would not normally have access (e.g. rock climbing, canoeing and cultural visits)
We aim that Future Choices will give participating young people:
Improved confidence, with a more positive attitude and belief in themselves and their abilities
Greater self-knowledge and coping strategies to deal effectively with change
Improved engagement in school
A better appreciation of the benefits of further education, study and are more motivated to learn.
WHAT THE SCHOOLS SAY
“Tullochan is a long-standing and major partner of Vale of Leven Academy, providing group work for pupils who need extra support at every stage from S1 to S5/6. Sessions run throughout the school year focusing on a wide range of skills for learning, life and work. SQA and other awards help to motivate pupils, while Tullochan staff build a strong rapport with pupils boosting their confidence and social skills. Tullochan staff play a full part in the school’s Joint Agency Team and work closely with pupil support staff. Their work is often a key element in a pupil’s support plan. Tullochan staff keep parents up-to-date and regularly attend parents’ meetings. Some pupils now progress in the latter stages of their school career to Tullochan’s Employability programme. For many of our pupils who need extra support, Tullochan group work provides an enjoyable, supportive and effective intervention, leading to increased engagement and better outcomes. We value their work very highly.”
Harry Moran, Depute Head Teacher, Vale Of Leven Academy
“I just wanted to say thank you for a lovely evening at your Awards Ceremony and a massive well done to all your staff for the tremendous work they do with the young people in our area. My son has been lucky enough to benefit from your caring support and encouragement and greatly enjoys his Tullochan time in school and perhaps more importantly, thrives on it.
I also want to commend all the young speakers who took to the stage tonight – what an amazing achievement for them to speak in front of a full auditorium, and what a fabulous life skill to have. They spoke with such honesty and eloquence it was truly inspiring. I know many adults who would quake at the thought of public speaking in such circumstances but they have already smashed this goal – well done to them all.
Long may your excellent work continue.”