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School Work Partnership

The overall purpose of the Levenmouth School Work Planning Partnership is to:

  • Provide a more coherent and streamlined service to schools in Levenmouth
  • Build the capacity of those agencies delivering a service to the schools

 

The partnership will achieve this by:

  • Mapping and reviewing, on a term by term basis, which agencies are going into schools and what they are doing once per term
  • Asking schools to identify gaps in provision and for the group to seek to fill these gaps
  • Asking agencies to bring any new opportunities to the partnership
  • Sharing resources, ideas and providing more opportunities that are partnership based
  • Identifying training needs/opportunities
  • Feeding back to YSG, SLG and Levenmouth GIR Group
  • Co-ordinating and monitoring the development of multi agency group work planning and evaluative processes

Our Story ...

Back in the glorious days of plenty, otherwise known as 2008, a group of CLD partners came together to form what came to be known as the Levenmouth School Work Partnership.

Prior to that initial meeting of great minds, various partner organisations had been going into the two Levenmouth High Schools, Kirkland High and Buckhaven High, providing a variety of groupwork and other additional specialist support to the schools.

However, while this type of external input to the schools was nothing new, the relatively new Curriculum for Excellence and the ever brighter spotlight on Youth Work in Schools increasingly highlighted the need for this type of work, and the partners that facilitated it, to be better co-ordinated.

And so, the new partnership set out a remit based on two straightforward goals:

  • Firstly, that the partnership would aim to provide a more coherent and streamlined service to schools in Levenmouth
  • Secondly, that it would aim to build the capacity of those agencies delivering a service to the schools

 

So who are the partners and how did the partnership propose to conduct it’s business?

Each school has agreed to have a deputy head attend the partnership. There are  reps from Health, the Police, voluntary orgs for example LYI and Kinetic, Off Campus, ICS Family Work, 16+ Key Worker, Adam Smith College, Detached Youth Work…and the group is chaired by the Family and Community Support Team Community Education Worker.

The group runs as a sub group of the local Youth Strategy Group, and links in with the local Youth Strategy Group and school Liaison Groups.

It was agreed that meetings would take place once per term.

Agendas would be fixed and would follow a basic review and plan format.

At each meeting, the partners go through a list of existing group work activity in the schools, reviewing progress, identifying support required, and outlining the direction of each group.

Secondly, partners table new opportunities to the group. This gives both high schools the chance to take advantage of any new opportunity, which they invariably do, and it is also an opportunity for those tabling the opportunity to seek support in terms of staff and/or facility resource input from those partners around the table.

Last, but not least, the schools have the chance to highlight any particular need that they feel the partnership may be able to support. For example, there may at a particular time be a concern regarding a specific group of s2 girls relating to sexual health, or an issue with s3 boys requiring additional support with peer relationships.

Other pieces of work that have been heavily supported and sustained, to a greater or lesser extent, through the partnership would be for example the introduction of the Season’s for Growth Programme to the schools, multi agency drop ins, groups based on referrals from the schools and additional support units and the ongoing Natural Connections programme.

One of the earliest and sustained success stories that came about through the partnership was the JAT referred group – s1 boys that were referred through the old Joint Action Team, highlighted in the Fife tasking log, and who worked for one day per week out with school with School Work Partnership members. The programme was led by youth workers and had input from health, police, family work and so on. By feeding back progress to the JAT and SLG’s, the service provided to these boys was relevant, adapted as required and most crucially had positive impact on their behaviour and attendance at school, and has saw a significant reduction in their involvement with the police. All of these boys became involved with the 16+ Rolling Programme, their engagement of which was in no small measure due to the relationships built up from an early age through the JAT Referred Group.

The partnership is currently leading the development of a partnership planning and evaluation template for multi agency group work that takes place in schools. This process, if successful, will be rolled out to all other in school group work activities with the aim of delivering a consistently well planned and evaluated approach across all agencies working with schools in this way.

So, there it is – the Levenmouth School Work Partnership.  5 years on and the formation of the School Work Partnership has created more opportunities for many more young people who require additional support from external services coming into schools.

As CLD and wider partners resources are depleted and stretched, this type of simple working group model is crucial in creating and sustaining the type of group work that our schools and youth services need to support their most vulnerable young people and their curriculum.