Red Balloon Learner Centre - Northwest London Careers Site Eteach (47147)


Founded in 1996, Red Balloon is a community in which children who have been traumatised by bullying or other events and circumstances can feel safe, regain their self-esteem, get back on an academic track and become confident enough to be able to rejoin their mainstream peers. The short-term educational and therapeutic programmes run at our Centres help build children’s self-confidence and enable them to return to mainstream education or move into employment or training. All our students have access to a broad and balanced curriculum of academic subjects, creative arts, counselling or therapy, and personal and social education. We work in partnership with local schools to improve student attendance and academic progress. Students in KS4 can work towards GCSE and other qualifications. When students have regained their self-esteem and confidence, we support them in the next stage of their educational journey – back to school, on to college, or on to training.

About us

Ethos: Red Balloon provides education that is based upon: Placing student voice at the centre of all learning; Enabling students to identify bespoke learning paths and supporting them to progress along those paths; Offering wellbeing/personal developent provision alongside 'academic learning' - the two are held to be inextricably interwoven.  Red Balloon Centres (including Red Balloon of the Air, our online provision) seek to engage students in communities that are both supportive and demanding. We believe it to be of central importance that students belong to the community and that they accept responsibility for their contribution to that community and for upholding the rights of other members of the community. Aims: Red Balloon aims (hence gathers data to inform our success in achieving those aims) to: Support students to move into an agreed placement post Red Balloon … this may be: return to mainstream education pre 16, access to post 16 education, access to work based training placement (post 16), access to employment (post 16); Enable KS3 students to make good progress in the core areas of English, Maths and Science; Enable KS4 students to achieve well against projected outcomes in external accreditation;  Enable all students to develop good learning habits and to become independent learners; Support all students to develop self-efficacy and a positive sense of wellbeing. We like to see our students: being adventurous  creating ideas discussing with peers questioning things (everything!) working with others being active imagining outcomes and solutions showing initiative taking responsibility  self-evaluating  and want them to become confident, curious, resilient, collaborative and thoughtful learners. Our intention is that the education we offer will provide young people with unbiased information that informs their life choices and enables them to make choices that lead to personal fulfilment.

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