From 2005 to 2015 the Inclusion Trust team reached in excess of 10,000 marginalised young people, providing a safe and stimulating virtual place for them to learn, grow and achieve through Not School. In 2007, Notschool was recognised by the OECD as a new model of learning.
Our learners ranged in age from 11 to 18 years. Our target group included KS3 and KS4 learners with SEN, EAL, BESD and those categorised as LAC. We worked with (and still do) marginalised young people, including those with physical or mental health concerns and learning barriers, those from traveler and migrant communities, and those from troubled families.
We continue to recognise that our learners face distinct challenges that prevent them from accessing physical learning settings for a proportion or all of their full time provision entitlement. For this reason Notschool model actively removed the restrictions of timetabled lessons. Instead we offered a truly bespoke learning provision accessible through a secure virtual community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. As such, young people learn at any time of the day best suited to their needs. The online community and technology is adaptable to suit a range of learning disabilities.
From September 2015 we changed the centralised model of Notschool and invested in adapting the HERO Educational platform developed by the WAY Educatonal programme from Michigan USA. The WAY team had originally visited the UK and built HERO from the UK experience. The Not-School model is also changed in that Inclusion Trust now seeks to support individual Alternative Provision schools recruit their own online experts and tutors and manage the local interaction with students but within the context of a physical school setting. For more information on this model see ITrust Learning