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 P.A.S.T WAYS

We are a Sheffield-based highly specialised alternative provision for children and young people aged 10-16. We provide educational, social and emotional support to help young people progress. Our staff have have over 100 years of collective experience, expertise and a wealth of qualifications to guide and care for young people and their families.

We care for a range of students with numerous barriers to learning such as:

ADHD

Anxiety

Attachment Issues

Autism (ASD)

Behavioural Issues

Bereavement 

Children Looked After (CLA) 

Childhood Trauma

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

Non-attendance/Exclusions

Nurture

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Social, Emotional, Health and Wellbeing

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OUR STORY

P.A.S.T Ways is a charity that was established in 2012. We are based in Ecclesfield but support children, young people and families across Sheffield. We prioritise the Emotional Health and Wellbeing (EHWB) as well as the social development and nurturing of the students we teach. Our belief is that before a young person can focus on their educational development and look forward to their future, they must feel safe, secure and cared for. With this in mind we teach in fun, interesting and engaging ways with a family-style ethos to foster the key elements needed for young people to be able to concentrate on their education. 

Our purpose is to provide social, emotional, educational support and guidance to young people and their families. We aim to help people overcome adversity and focus on their personal and academic growth, offering a safe place for learners who are not coping well in mainstream education. 

Our number one value is listening. We listen to young people and their families, raising aspirations, self esteem and self belief. Supporting the growth of all these things in our learners helps them to become strong, happy and productive members of the community. Our relaxed, family-style atmosphere takes away the pressure, and often results in happier, less stressed students that are able to learn better and have overall better behaviour. Lessons are also facilitated with team building games and discussions, working in this way means students reengage with a structured lesson more easily when they are ready. 

 

OUR STAFF

A small group of volunteers and teaching staff make up the P.A.S.T Ways family, we each bring unique experiences,  qualifications and perspectives to the classroom. Each member of staff is dedicated to providing the best care and education to help young people progress to the next stages of their lives. As a staff team we firmly believe that not all young people learn in the same way so being able to offer our diverse staff expertise provides a varied learning experience.

Our staff are skilled in recognising behaviours in young people, which leads to a better understanding of the individual young person and how to best support them. We then share this knowledge with schools and outside agencies to enable us all to work toward a positive outcome. 

Staff Qualifications: 

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

BA (Hons) Drama and Performance 

BA (Hons) Nutrition Consultant

BA (Hons) Education with Psychology and Counselling

Diploma to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector (DTLLS)

Counselling for Beginners

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First Aid

E-Safety

Qualified Youth and Community Leader

Safeguarding and Leadership

Understanding Dyslexia

Understanding Dyspraxia 

The Theory and Practice of Nurture Groups

Advanced Safeguarding

Team Teach

All staff and volunteers are DBS checked.

PAT BOOTH

Managing Director (Designated Safeguarding Lead),
Pat has over 30 years' experience working with young people and families in this area. Pat grew up in the area and started  this project, from scratch, as a labour of love, she is a strong leader for our staff team and loves helping students develop their skills.

SARAH MORTON

Deputy Manager, Teaching staff, (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead). Sarah has over 10 years of experience working with young people and helps to provide a safe, fun and engaging environment for young people to learn in.

TEACHING STAFF TEAM

Our main teaching staff that you will see day to day at P.A.S.T Ways. Jess, Jade and Christine bring their wealth of academic qualifications and personal experience into the classroom. They strive to make learning fun and understand all our students' individual learning styles.

VOLUNTEER TEAM

Our amazing volunteers that you will see often here at P.A.S.T Ways. Each have their own experiences to share with young people, some have previously been students of the project themselves, bringing a unique perspective.

LINKS WITH SHEFFIELD UNIVERSITIES

University students complete placements at P.A.S.T Ways as part of their ongoing progression and training to become future teachers, social workers, counsellors, along with many other roles that involve working with young people.

BEHIND THE SCENES TEAM

As we are a charity, we are supported by many people behind the scenes, they are made up of a board of professionals. Much of their work is unseen, yet vital to the project.  They take care of all the technicalities and support the project in its day to day running.

 
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OUR LEARNING PACKAGES

An overview of our bespoke learning packages

 

FOR ALL STUDENTS

All our students have a learning package that is tailored to their needs, abilities and progression routes. We work in tandem with schools, using resources such as online learning, to keep students on track and make sure they are able to sit their SATs and GCSEs, as well as any other achievement tests, such as Wide Range Achievement Tests (WRAT).  We also offer flexible hours for students who struggle with full days at school, P.A.S.T.ways will facilitate and encourage the student to work up to attending full days.


We give all our students our best care and guidance to help them progress onto the next stages of their educational career. We prioritise emotional and social wellbeing, while providing each young person with an age and ability appropriate curriculum, making sure they do not fall behind in their educational work. We have a range of classrooms that provide different working environments to suit each student.

Each student has the opportunity to take part in the AQA Unit Award Scheme, helping them to build knowledge and skills in a portfolio of certificates. We also run team building exercises and outdoor work to build social skills, communication and teamwork. 

Additionally, we work closely with schools to support the writing of My Plans as well as Educational Healthcare Plans (EHCP). 

FOR ALL PARENTS

It can be a hard job to be a parent, so we encourage parents to keep open contact with us. Our staff have many years of experience and can put parents in touch with other services and agencies, as well as just lending a listening ear. Keeping us involved with the care of your child outside of school will allow us to provide better care and approach them with more understanding.

P.A.S.T.ways can help to be a bridge between parents and school. 

FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS

The majority of our students are secondary school age. With each year group we make sure we teach their curriculum so they do not risk falling behind. Our priorities and aims for each student are individual to them, however, we do have collective priorities depending on what year a student is in.

For our year 7 and 8 students the priority is looking at and working through any emotional needs or any underlying needs that my not have been identified, for example investigating behaviour that could be linked to autism or ADHD (amongst others) and working towards a diagnosis. We try to understand why students are not doing as well in mainstream education as their peers and what the best strategy for reintegration would be.


Our year 9 and 10 students will be introduced to GCSE material and we will work with them to  understand and overcome any concerns they might have. 

We continue working on emotional and social skills as, if these needs are not met, then students won't be able to fully concentrate on learning.

Year 11 students will be prepared for their GCSEs, given careers advice and assistance to fill in collage applications. We support our year 11s in a stressful and worrying time giving emotional and practical support so they can make the next move in their educational and professional career. 

FOR POST 16 STUDENTS

Post 16 students focus on completing coursework and passing any upcoming exams. We focus on employability skills, life skills and emotional well-being. We appreciate this can be a stressful and confusing time and our staff aim to help students think positively about their future and the paths they can take.

Additionally, post 16 students have the opportunity to become learning mentors to primary students, helping with their work, teaching responsibility and giving a confidence boost.

OUR REFERRALS

At P.A.S.T Ways we know that referrals need to be made and accepted quickly and efficiently. We can ensure that your referral is completed in as little or as much time as needed. 

We receive referrals from numerous organisations, usually from Mainstream Secondary Schools, Local Authorities and Social Care. 

Our referral process is as follows:

Initial contact from referring school/organisation.

Student and Parent/ Carers visit P.A.S.T Ways to meet Staff, have a tour of the building and ask any questions.

Completion and return of the referral form.

Start date agreed and placement can begin. 

Referrals do not always take place in this order, we are flexible to the needs of the student and referring school/organisation, but these are the steps we usually take before placing a student.

If you want to find out even more about what we do or you are interested in making a referral please don't hesitate to contact us by pressing the buttion below.

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TESTIMONIALS

Notes from parents, carers, past students and professionals.
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They do some fantastic work with the young people placed there. The staff are amazing and manage to help the youngsters to achieve when the mainstream school's can't. They deserve more recognition for the work they do.
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Barry Haughton

 

P.A.S.T WAYS IN PICTURES

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Princes Trust Team Leaders
Princes Trust Team Leaders

Amazing team leaders that helped raise money to makeover the garden and our comfy room! Amazing job Thank you!

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Staff and Princes Trust volunteers
Staff and Princes Trust volunteers

Staff and volunteers celebrate the finished garden on a wet and windy Friday

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Princes Trust Volunteers
Princes Trust Volunteers

Princes Trust volunteers working on the amazing outdoor space they created

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The P.A.S.T Ways building
The P.A.S.T Ways building

The Front of the P.A.S.T Ways building

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Garden
Garden

Our newly landscaped garden, designed by Paul Spriggs (Company: Loves the Jobs You Hate), with help from our young people, using recycled tyres

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Team Building Exercise
Team Building Exercise

Students had to build a tower from marshmallows and spaghetti. The largest tower wins.

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Real History
Real History

History was brought to life on this day, as students were shown real war vehicles, memorabilia and replicas. They learnt what it was like for people their age when war broke out and for people on the frontline.

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Earth Day Project
Earth Day Project

Students had a morning session of discussions about climate change and the earth. They then produced a leaflet with all the information gathered during the discussion.

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Knife Crime Project
Knife Crime Project

Discussion and activities about the students fears, emotions and views about knife crime, particularly in the Sheffield area.

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Discussion Topics
Discussion Topics

Some of the topics we have discussed with our students.

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Working Hard
Working Hard

Students completing their PSHE work.

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Social Media Project
Social Media Project

Students were challenged to see how many social media sites they could name. Students were also asked to identify negative and positive aspects of social media and if they know any age restrictions.

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Cells in Science
Cells in Science

Students learnt the differences between plant and animal cells.

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DNA
DNA

Students used washing up liquid to extract the DNA from a banana.

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Graffiti Art
Graffiti Art

Graffiti Art around a clock in the large classroom

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Volcanoes
Volcanoes

Linked to our earth day work, students learnt how a volcano is made and what happens when they erupt.

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Our World
Our World

We often use this map in discussions and lessons, it is important for us that students have world knowledge and life skills.

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Creative Projects
Creative Projects

Some of the creative work our students have made.

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Our largest classroom
Our largest classroom

The display in our largest classroom

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THANK YOU'S

As we are a charity there are many organisations that support us and keep us going. We are incredibly grateful for their acts of kindness, donations and endless support. A big hug and huge thank you from us to you!

 
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GET IN TOUCH

You can drop us an email or give us a call to find out more about what we do.

Manager - Pat.Booth@pastways.org

Deputy Manager - Sarah.Morton@pastways.org

07500 771400

07483 344587

0114 2457855

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