TRAC is a project across the six counties of North Wales. It aims to prevent vulnerable children and young people from disengaging in education and by doing so reduce the likelihood they are inactive and unemployed in the future. TRAC is an European funded project and has been in operation since September 2015 and will end on 31 July 2022.
The project employs 23 members of staff and works with children and young people between 11 and 16 years old. TRAC provides a varied range of interventions that will compliment but not duplicate mainstream education provision, focusing on raising the aspirations of the children and young people referred to the project and support them to re-engage with their education.
The support offered by TRAC has been tailored to the needs of every individual pupil and may include:
- Counselling (therapeutic work)
- Well-being/family support
- One to one mentoring (help with motivation, self-image, personal health etc).
- Career support, tailored work experience and a visit to an employer
- Work to improve attendance
- Working on attainment
- Support for pupils who receive their education outside the mainstream (e.g. pupils on the Home Education Register as a result of illness, Pecyn 25, etc
- Support the provision pupils receive from different agencies (such as Children's Department, Children and Young People Mental Health Service etc)
- Intensive support over a specific period to support vulnerable pupils in Year 6 for successful transition to Secondary. (Gwynedd only).
How is it possible to get access to the service?
- Identify the individual - There is an early system in place to identify pupils that may benefit (based on attendance/attainment and behaviour). Schools and others can also make a referral.
- Developing Interventions
- Cooperating with others to identify the support required by TRAC (and others) to make a real difference to a pupil's future prospects.
- Provide the required support via the project staff together with activities commissioned by external providers when appropriate.
- Examples of the provision commissioned thus far include:
- Occupational training courses in areas such as catering, childcare, construction industry and first aid,
- BTEC Level 1 and 2 Qualification,
- Outdoor activity courses such as NICAS, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Forestry Schools etc.
- One to one welfare support, anger management etc,
- Music courses,
- Personal health and substance misuse awareness courses
The core principles of the TRAC work include:
- be creative in our provision and think 'outside the box' regarding how to overcome pupils' barriers to engage with their education;
- develop a provision that is unique to the individual and is pupil focused;
- ability to develop and build effective relationships with the pupils;
- be consistent and transparent and patient; usually the children and young people we work with have a range of complex challenges in their lives that may impair our ability to succeed.