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What is 'Connect'?

Connect is our internal alternative provision for students at Dixons Unity Academy. There are 30 placements available to support individuals across all year groups.

What are our aims and priorities?

The aims of Connect are to improve behaviour, attendance and reduce suspensions of Connect students by providing appropriate provision to better meet individual need. The environment has been designed to ensure that students have access a small number of staff who are all experienced with supporting young people’s Social, Emotional and Mental health needs.

Our priorities are as follows:

  • Ensure that all students are safe.
  • Ensure that all students are attending as often as possible.
  • Ensure that SEMH needs are met, and appropriate intervention is in place.
  • Ensure that students have access to a broad curriculum and high-quality teaching to improve academic outcomes.

How long are students placed in Connect for?

Placements in Connect are a minimum of 6 weeks and are made via the schools Team around the Child panel, which includes staff from the Leadership, Pastoral, Safeguarding and SEND team. All placements are reviewed every 6 weeks.

What does a day in Connect look like?

The school days is 9:00am – 2:10pm and students have 4 periods per day. There are 12 students in each class and lessons are taught by our most experienced teachers in each subject, with the support of a behaviour support workers.

Year 7, 8 and 9 students study the whole curriculum, including, English, maths, science, humanities, Spanish, art, PE and music.

Year 10 and 11 students study English, Maths and Science and spend 2 days per week at college studying vocational subjects, including: Construction, Mechanics, Hair and Beauty and Childcare.