Merseyside 0151 427 4193 | Kirklees 01484 506 307 info@employabilitysolutions.com

We’ve been shortlisted for the 2022 SEYH ‘Social Impact’ Award!

We are one of 3 organisations that have been shortlisted for this award for all our hard work over the last year! We have been considered for this due to our work during lockdown delivering support packages of food, and other supplies to our students to keep them engaged and progressing throughout such a difficult time. We have also been considered due to our personalised curriculum, our engagement with the families of our young people, our voluntary work, and the relationships we form with our students, even highlighting the students that have returned to us as Staff.

We strongly believe in our vision: ‘An empowered generation of employable young people, making a positive contribution to society.’ This starts for us in our own school. We believe in having a tailored curriculum. One that doesn’t view learning as ‘one size fits all’ and is underpinned by a desire to enable all students to develop their personal, social, academic and employability skills to a level which enables them to lead meaningful, happy lives. This is designed to have a tangible community benefit as well. 

 

Our commitment to our student’s learning is something we pride ourselves on and nothing displays this more than the work we committed to during lockdown. Love is at the heart of everything we do, and our amazing staff proved this by going above and beyond to ensure our students were
engaged, learning and making positive choices during lockdown. We delivered equipment for them to take part in remote lessons, delivered care packages to those who needed them. Our staff changed their hours of work, some working as late as 8pm, to make much needed home visits and check on our young people. Check out the photo above to see our wonderful Elaine, sat on the kerb having a cuppa! We also received acknowledgment cards from Jo-Anne Saunders of Kirklees Council and the lord-lieutenant of West Yorkshire recognising the hard work we put in during such a turbulent period. 
Our work is not limited to just students on our roll though, we are a social enterprise, and it is important to us that our work benefits the local communities. We sponsor local sports teams, such as the Mossley Hill Junior Football Team. Sport and physical activity are so important for our young people as it offers them the opportunity to channel their energy into positive outlets. It has great benefit to the social, emotional and mental health of our young people as it offers you a safe space to make friends, be part of a community and keep yourself fit and healthy! 

 

We have also started projects to encourage a sense of community in our local area. One example of this is our recent community kitchen project. Our South Liverpool Youth Hub was working with several young Afghan refugees this summer. Due to the ongoing situation in their home country, they have had to come to the UK for their safety. Currently they are living in a local hotel and don’t have anywhere to be able to cook, so we came up with the idea to form a community kitchen project! This involved once a week, inviting the Afghan young people to come to visit us in our Garston centre and work with some of our young people, teaching each other our own local dishes.
This encouraged the two communities to work together, learn from each other and form friendships. We believe in buying local, to help support other local businesses, so most of the equipment and ingredients we didn’t already have were bought from shops local to us. This is just one of our successful community projects. 

These are just a few examples of our work over the last 2 years, and we are looking forward to continuing this work in the future!

Recent Email System Compromise

On Tuesday 2nd June 2020, Employability Solutions experienced a hack of our email system.

This involved contacts being sent a request for payment or a link to open a shared file.

We can confirm our system is now completely secure and it is safe to resume email communication.

We can confirm the following action was taken following the discovery of the email system being compromised.

We have fulfilled our legal obligation to notify the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) about this breach. The incident was reported to the Cyber Crime Unit who have supported us to secure our system and there is now an official log of this crime with Merseyside Police. We shared information about this immediately and where possible, via all communication channels, including website and social media.

The following measures were put in place immediately to ensure that we are secure:

  •  All email accounts had passwords changed and had two-factor authentication activated
  •  Checks were carried out on all email accounts using Power Shell to identify any rules applied to accounts and these have been actioned.
  •  We are Cyber Essentials accredited and have completed an assessment of our systems and security, including communications, data storage, sharing protocols etc.
  •  We have contacted / attempted to make contact with all partners, contractors, schools and companies who we provide services for to ensure bank account details have not been compromised.
  •  With support from both Word Shed and PPCP IT Support, we have been able to action all recommendations and future proof our IT systems. THANK YOU!

We can confirm that following a forensic investigation into this breach, NO personal or sensitive data pertaining to students, staff or those we work in partnership with was compromised at any point.

We have also taken further steps to improve security moving forward including increasing the use of existing platforms such as Egress or AnyComms.

We want to thank all those involved for bringing it to our attention instantly and therefore helping us to respond immediately. Thank you for your understanding and patience whilst we navigated our way through this new and difficult situation.

If you are still worried that you may have been compromised due to clicking on any links in the email and would like advice or support to secure your email system, please contact us.

If you believe financial transactions may have been compromised, please contact Sarah Riley, Business Manager urgently on 0151 427 4193

Student Services

Nadia Miller
Head of Student Services
Designated Safeguarding Lead

We believe

“It takes a village to raise a child”.

“As an organisation, we’ve never been great at shouting about the work we do, and neither our prospectus nor website will ever truly be able to explain at length the work that goes into supporting and caring for every young person that comes through our doors at Employability Solutions. 

We feel that our duty of care extends beyond the school day. Opportunities for students are personalised and carefully planned. Parents and students will refer to ES as a ‘family’ and this is also how we see ourselves”.

The strong links we have built within local communities and with families ensure we have a network of people all working to help our students exceed expectations and achieve outcomes far beyond their starting point;

Safeguarding 

‘Safeguarding is everyone’s Business’

Employability Solutions Independent School is fully committed to the Safeguarding of students and staff and those who have direct links with the school.

We actively promote the positive welfare of our students and young people and expect all staff, volunteers and partners to endorse and practice this commitment at all times.

Staff are fully-trained in Safeguarding to the appropriate level and within the relevant Local Authority, ensuring they
are familiar with the processes. Designated Safeguarding Leads in each centre have two deputies working together to competently handle safeguarding issues.

Safeguarding training is updated annually as a minimum and staff access additional CPD training, for example, Youth Mental Health First Aid and Online Safety.

 

Pastoral Care

The wellbeing of our students is given the highest priority.
We know that for students to learn well, they need to feel happy and be safe. That’s why at each of our centres, we have a dedicated lead for Student Services, providing an outstanding Pastoral support service.

Staff are always on hand to offer a listening ear and support in times of need and using tried and tested coaching methods our pastoral team will nurture, guide and challenge every young person in our care to make progress that is personal to them.

Our dedicated team are there to raise the aspirations and encourage every young person to reach their full potential. The importance of friendship and healthy, active lifestyles is regularly emphasised, and we provide a rich and diverse curriculum of enrichment and community involvement. Every student is encouraged throughout their journey to participate actively in projects, volunteering or activities which will provide meaningful benefit in our community.

Student efforts are rewarded in all sorts of ways appropriate to the individual, and their victories celebrated through our celebration and reward assemblies.

Promoting Positive Behaviour

We have high expectations of our students and believe that they will learn, feel safe, secure and positive about themselves if they have clear and consistent boundaries.

Our school successfully creates a welcoming, calm and purposeful atmosphere in which students are valued as individuals and treated with dignity and respect.
Small class sizes, longer contact time and excellent resources ensure the learning environment is conducive to positive behaviour. In keeping with our ethos, our restorative approach to handling mistakes gives the students an opportunity to take responsibility for their actions, make amends and move forward. We do this through structured coaching conversations, guidance and support.

Their conviction for keeping kids safe and never giving up on them is commendable.

Mandy

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