To further embed safeguarding amongst staff and students, Justin supported the development of an embedded curriculum calendar. The calendar focuses on monthly EDI events, safeguarding, well-being, and SMSC, allowing staff to create a more holistic approach to national and international events and themes.
Speaking of why he feels alternative provision is so important, Justin said: “We provide a highly inclusive environment to meet the needs of young people who have struggled in mainstream settings. We are constantly finding ways to adapt our support, enabling us to deliver a bespoke experience for each student.”
Reflecting on his time at Progress Schools so far, Justin praised his colleagues for the fantastic work they have done to create positive pathways for learners.
When asked what his favourite part of the job was, he said: “Seeing the capabilities of our students and watching them flourish. It is also fantastic to witness staff recognising the positive impact on learners.”
In the coming months and years, Justin would like to see his role evolve to enable him to build stronger working relationships with external partners that can support positive change across the organisation. Justin said: “To support company growth, I am keen to continue developing vital partnerships internally and externally that bolster our processes.
“My main goal will always be to enable our students to access a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment that helps them achieve. We have some fantastic plans in the works, and I can’t wait to see them come to fruition soon.”