COVO offers behaviour support programmes for children and young people at risk of exclusion or with emotional and social difficulties in both schools and Pupil Referral Units.
BEHAVIOURAL PROGRAMMES FOR STUDENTS AT RISK OF EXCLUSION
Our approach is based on an innovative model that draws from systemic thinking and movement psychotherapy. The combination of these two disciplines produces a unique formula that enables participants to view issues from new perspectives and to ‘unlearn’ things accepted as knowledge, which may be obstructing progress or development.
The COVO behavioural programme is based on a partnership with the school with the objective of developing a framework within the school to support students and teachers in dealing with negative behaviour.
We start with a one-term programme, as a pilot for COVO to get to know the school and for the school to assess the effect of COVO’s intervention on students and teachers.
The COVO programme
Our programme is divided into two pathways:
- Early Intervention is aimed at students from year 7 and 8 who are manifesting behaviour patterns, which are likely to result in exclusion.
- Intensive Intervention is aimed at students who have experienced exclusion and are at high risk of being permanently excluded.
Our programme includes
- Consultation with SENCOs and Inclusion officers to identify the most vulnerable young people who would benefit from the program. This includes consultation with student’s teachers and agreeing on targets.
- Weekly sessions with students using one to one and group work according to students’ capacity to work together.
- Fortnightly sessions with teachers in order to share strategies to support the students in the classroom.
- Fortnightly sessions with parents to share strategies while adopting a common approach between school and home.
- Six week review to monitor progress, review targets and plan accordingly for the following weeks.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
COVO’s approach to the often complex issue of working with marginalised young people has led to innovative solutions and insights into causes of disengagement.Hugh Stultz, out of school hours study support manager, Southwark Children’s Services
We did activities relating to life skills and had fun. The adults believed in me. The training has developed my skills in dealing with problems and I feel more confident now.” Year 9 Student
My behaviour was really poor at first. I learned to open up more and communicate with others and that if I put my mind to it I can achieve good results.” Year 9 Student