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Switch Midlands who provides support for pupils who have been or at risk of being excluded

Updated: May 11

Hello! My name is Lucy Coy, and I am a co-host of HeadteacherChat. I am delighted to have been given access to Switch Midlands to see what they have on offer to support schools. I thought you would be interested to know what I discovered!

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How does the Switch Midlands describe their product?

Switch Midlands has been a vital part of the Wolverhampton education landscape for over a decade, offering alternative provision for pupils excluded, or at risk of exclusion, from school. The social enterprise has successfully delivered support for pupils, their families, and schools - with interventions placing emphasis on the strength and safety of building, repairing, and maintaining positive relationships.

Tim Wakefield, Founder and CEO of Switch Midlands, explains “2020 was our tenth anniversary, but it wasn’t quite how we expecting to celebrate! It did however give us the opportunity to reflect and plan for the future. We looked a great deal at our values and the impact of our alternative provision model and whilst Alternative Provision is an option that offers vital support for a number of pupils, it is not the right path for many and costs to schools are unsustainable. As a result, we have developed a new outreach approach to helping schools support some of their most at-risk pupils, and ultimately try to reduce the numbers of exclusions.”

In Autumn 2020, Switch worked with the national charity Barnardo's, with funding fro