Please see below 16 frequently asked questions. If you have a question that we have not answered then please do contact us.
1. What are the benefits of the Switch Ambassador Programme for schools?
- Reduced exclusion rates.
- Improved behaviour in the classroom.
- Improved attendance.
- 3 meetings over the course of the programme to discuss aims, progress and outcomes.
- Regular feedback to our school contact.
- Impact report at the end of the programme to show how you have met certain elements of the OFSTED framework such as ‘personal development’ and ‘behaviour and attitudes’.
- Support with improving school connectedness.
- Improved attitudes towards learning.
2. What are the benefits of the Switch Ambassador Programme for students?
- Increased levels of resilience and self-esteem.
- Improved well-being.
- A greater sense of belonging at school.
- An understanding of how to communicate appropriately with adults to ensure that their voice is heard positively.
- Raised aspirations.
- The opportunity to reflect on their behaviour in a safe environment.
- Tailored and targeted support.
- Certificates to acknowledge their achievements at the end of the programme.
3. Is all material in the Switch Ambassador Programme provided?
Yes all material for the programme is included in the cost of the programme.
4. How was the Switch Ambassador programme created?
The programme was created using a range of methods:
- Using our founders extensive experience and knowledge of how to improve behaviour, attendance and confidence.
- Going to a pupil referral unit and creating the programme in collaboration with students who had been excluded from their school.
- Using evidence based research which has been found to help improve behaviour.
5. We are not a school so we would like to know if you can deliver a version of the Switch Ambassador Programme to our young people?
We can adapt the programme so please get in touch so we can discuss how we can help you.
6. Can any student take part in the Switch Ambassador Programme?
If you are a school we have an eligibility criteria that students must meet:
- Above average number of negative behavioural points.
- Frequently displays persistent disruptive behaviour.
- At risk of being fixed period or permanently excluded due to their persistent disruptive behaviour.
- Has one of the following pupil characteristics : eligible for free school meals, has special educational needs or from the black or minority ethnic community.
7. Why is there an eligibility criteria?
The Department of Education’s statistics show that students with particular pupil characteristics are excluded more than other students. These are students with special educational needs, students who are eligible for free school meals and students from the black and minority ethnic community.
We focus on supporting students who display persistent disruptive behaviour because persistent disruptive behaviour is the most common reason for all exclusions.
8. What is your approach when working with disruptive students?
- To treat all behaviour as a form of communication.
- Ask ourselves in every interaction what is the student trying to communicate through their behaviour.
- To empower, rather than rescue the students that we work with because we want students to take ownership of their future, their choices and the person that they want to be.
- Take into consideration the individual needs of students.
- Actively encourage students to use their voice in a positive way.
- Find out how the students feel about their lives and school rather than assume that we know the answer.
- Acknowledge what stage the students are at in our programme rather than focusing on where we want them to be.
9. How many hours and sessions are included in the programme ?
Each student in the programme receives 18 hours of support over a period of 12 weeks. These hours include 6 hours of 1:1 mentoring which is split into 30-minute weekly sessions. Additionally, 12 hours of group workshops are also included in the programme, each workshop is for 1 hour.
10.What is the minimum number of students that you can work with?
For the Switch Ambassador Programme we can work with a minimum of 6 students.
11.What if we only want workshops or 1:1 mentoring sessions for our students?
If you only want workshops or 1:1 mentoring sessions for your students this is something that we could discuss with you.
12. Can the workshop groups have a mixture of students who are different ages?
The workshop groups can have students who are different ages.
13. Where does the Switch Ambassador Programme take place?
The programme takes place at the students’ school during the school day at pre-established times.
14. What geographical locations do you cover?
We work with secondary schools based in London and Essex.
15. What are some examples of themes covered in the programme?
- The importance of teamwork.
- Understanding yourself.
- Goal setting.
- Understanding our emotions and triggers.
- The power of choices.
- Growth mindset vs fixed mindset.
16. We would like you to deliver a talk at an event that we have coming up, is this something that you can do?
Yes this is something that we could offer so please contact us so we can discuss your requirements further.