New accredited course engages students in a different kind of learning

Students at Homewood have been engaging in a range of practical and vocational activities to work towards their ASDAN Personal Development Programme award. Progress has been good and we have seen an increase in attendance and engagement in this type of learning.

ASDAN Update: Autumn 2021

At Homewood we offer a curriculum that offers a different kind of learning to engage and excite our students . In September 2021 we launched the ASDAN Personal Development Programme (PDP) to our KS4 learners. The aim was to widen and raise expectations of what all students could achieve as well as offering a broader curriculum to those who struggle to attend school regularly.

A different kind of learning

The ASDAN PDP is a nationally recognised qualification that enables students to demonstrate
practical and vocational achievements to future educators or employers. The course enables students to develop skills that will be invaluable in the workplace, and when they begin to lead independent lives. These core skills include; teamwork, independent learning, coping with problems and using Maths, English and ICT.

Building skills for life

To date Homewood’s ASDAN students show increased attendance and have completed 21 core tasks in only 7 weeks, this is a huge achievement. It has helped the school to be more inclusive and innovative in our curriculum offering. The more practical learning style has engaged a previously hard to reach
cohort and strong progress has been made in the Sport and Leisure, Health and Survival, Home Management and World of Work modules.
Students have been learning about life on Middle Farm, building overnight shelters, working in the school garden, cooking some amazing Italian food, brushing up on their administration skills in the school office and learning the many different routes into the 21st century job market.

A broader curriculum = greater inclusion

The ASDAN PDP is part of our plan to keep on boosting attendance and engagement. Inclusion of Food Tech and Photography GCSE qualifications also show how our curriculum is constantly evolving to better
serve our students.
Next term our ASDAN group have even more to look forward and we hope to be able to submit our first Bronze Award. Watch this space!

Self-Harm Resources

YMCA DownsLink Group and West Sussex Mind are working in partnership to form the Self-Harm Learning Network – a new initiative to help children and young people who are at risk of self-harming. The network provides inclusive training for parents and professionals, focus groups with young people, and a range of helpful resources (below) to support youth mental health and self-harm. The resources offer practical tools, advice, and guidance for parents and carers, teachers, and healthcare professionals. We also have a variety of supportive resources cocreated with young people, for young people, to support emotional health and wellbeing.

Note: To view and download these resources, please ensure you are using a compatible web browser such as Google Chrome. If you need support with accessibility, contact us via email at

Support for Parents/Carers of Children Struggling with Anxiety

It’s been widely reported that greater numbers of children are experiencing regular anxiety. As a parent/carer, it can be hard to know how best to support your child and what to do to help.

Family Learning runs online workshops to support parents/carers with practical strategies to help the young person. Sessions are run in small groups, allowing space to reflect on the situation and how best to help. One parent who completed the sessions commented:

“Gave practical tips as well as reassurance. I feel I’m better able to support my child with their anxiety.”

For more information or to book a place, email or call 01273 292828 stating which course you’re interested in.

Courses are free to those on a low income/ means tested benefits. For other parents there is a fee of £10 for anxiety courses and £15 for resilience courses (fees are used to fund creche provision and travel for learners on the lowest incomes).

Supporting a Teen with Anxiety (secondary age)

Friday 15 and 22 October from 1.30 – 2.45pm; or

Monday 1 and 8 November from 7.30 – 8.45pm

Building a Teen’s Resilience (secondary age)

Tuesdays 2, 9 and 16 November from 1.30 – 2.45pm; or

Thursdays 4, 11 and 18 November from 1.30 – 2.45pm.

Supporting a Child with Anxiety (primary age)

Tuesday 12 and 19 October from 1 – 2.15pm

Wednesday 13 and 20 October from 1.30 – 2.45pm; or

Building a Child’s Resilience (primary age)

Friday 15 and 22 October and Monday 1 November from 10 – 11.15am

Self Harm Parent & Carer Network

Join other parents and carers across your area in a free workshop to support you and your family.
Facilitated by West Sussex Mind,YMCA Downslink Group and supported by Allsorts Youth
Project, you will be able to talk with other parents and carers to hear what is working for them,
discuss your support needs, hear from guest speakers and get updates on the latest initiatives,
research, resources and policies. Please see attached flyer for more information.


FREE SUMMER ART CLUB For children in care and their siblings aged 5-13
The Artworks Tree: Printing, Painting & Patterns


Mon 26 July: Orientation and Making from 10am to11am
Tues 27 to Thurs 29 July: Making from 10am to 11.30am
Fri 30 July: Show and Tell from 10am to 11.30am
Every Day: Bronze Arts Award Mentoring from 12noon to 12.30pm
Mon 26 July: Orientation and Making from 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Tues 27 to Thurs 29 July: Making from 1.30pm to 3pm
Fri 30 July: Show and Tell from 1.30pm to 3pm

Celebrate Summer with new creative skills brought together into an Artworks Tree to display your work. You’ll
learn to print personalised bunting with found objects, paint cartoons and anime without a paintbrush, and
sculpt recycled items to create your 3D Artworks Tree and a bird or creature to live in it.
There are separate activitiesfor each session from Monday to Thursday, so come for one or all of the activities.
Families are invited to join us for Show and Tell throughout the Friday session to see our creations.

Making materials:

We provide a box containing four individual packs to your home with everything children
need to complete all the activities. Each activity is carefully designed for children to be able to do on their own,
but some may need support during the session. Each pack will include some suggested follow on activities
you can easily do at home with leftover materials or common household items to keep the creativity going!


We’ll need an email address to send you the Zoom link. Please arrive on time so we can get started.
You’ll need Wi-Fi and a computer, tablet or smartphone with camera and microphone, preferably in a quiet
space where children can work undisturbed. If you have more than one child participating, please put them
on separate devices if possible. If you have technical difficulties during the session, please alert us and we’ll
try to resolve them with you. Please have your phone nearby – we’ll check in with you if your child goes off
screen unexpectedly.


This is a shorter session on Monday to try out Zoom, meet other children, see the artists and
get a taste of what to expect with a short activity. All are welcome (carers can stay throughout if they wish).
Evaluation: We ask parents/carers to be present for 5-10 minutes at the start of your child’s first session to
help them complete our evaluation questions. You’ll need to repeat this process at the end of Show and Tell
on Friday (or the last session your child attends if you haven’t booked Friday). Evaluation is anonymous and
helps us develop activities that support well-being and creativity, so your participation is much appreciated.
Booking: Booking in advance only, for the whole week or individual days (no new arrivals on Friday please).

Arts Award:

Children can work towards an Arts Award while they are with us:
Discover and Explore Arts Awards

Year 1 to 6 children can achieve Discover or Explore levels within 1 week if they attend most of the sessions.
Arts Award is accredited and children will receive a certificate from Trinity College London.

Bronze Arts Award

Year 6, 7 or 8 children can work towards a Bronze Arts Award. To complete the award they will need to attend
at least three of our week-long art clubs, mentoring sessions and complete some creative homework. To
participate, your child needs to attend the MORNING sessions. We provide 30 minutes of additional mentoring
for Bronze Arts Award every day after the club session (with a 30 minute break in-between). While they will
need to do some homework, our artists will inspire and support them to do this successfully. Bronze Arts
Award is a Level 1 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework, equivalent to a GCSE grade 1-3.

Contact Hadia Saeh at the Virtual School: or 01273 293992

Please provide us with the following ESSENTIAL information:
email address to send the zoom links to
postal address to send the kits to
dates of sessions you wish to book (including orientation – please come if you can)
names and ages of all children attending
express interest in Bronze Arts Award for year 6, 7 or 8 children
names and mobile numbers for carers or parents
any conditions or access issues we should be aware of
permission for your address and contact details to be passed onto Future Creator

Holiday Activities Food Programme

A newly launched film featuring Marcus Rashford MBE calls on parents to sign up their children to the Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF).

The HAF Programme supports children and families in the school holidays. Outside of term-time, the Programme provides healthy food and enriching activities to free school meal eligible children in every local authority in England. The Programme has been significantly expanded – please sign up for this or ask your child’s head of school or key worker if you would like help doing this.

Holiday Activities and Food Programme – YouTube

Summer HAF Directory