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Dacorum Education Support Centre

Dacorum Education Support Centre

Year 9 Hub

The Year 9 hub is designed to provide consistency and structure to pupils who have had difficulty maintaining a mainstream school place. The nurturing environment and security offered by the hub approach are aimed at stabilising extreme behaviour, boosting self-esteem and preparing pupils for a move to KS4.

The curriculum is aimed at addressing barriers to learning and improving social skills but with a greater focus on life and study skills. Pupils are also offered lessons in English, Maths and ICT, as well as more practical subjects such as Music, Art and PE. In addition, pupils spend time doing enrichment activities which promote collaborative working, social cohesion and resilience.

Pupils will move on to the provision which is deemed to be most appropriate for them. This is decided through discussion between parents/ carers, pupil, DESC, school and the local authority – where necessary.