ALTR RISE X is our Xtra curricular offer, where X is for Xtraordinary Xcitement, Xhilarating Xploration and Xceptional Xcellence!

From Bespoke Outreach Programmes delivered off site to care provision that supports parents and carers after school and during school holidays, there really is something here for everyone. Slightly older Members of our X Team will benefit from the professional development and vocational weeks during school holidays, where we teach and measure progress in identified vocational areas of expertise, using a combination of learning techniques and professional and expert guest speakers.

Our ALTR X Team will make sure that being part of our ALTR RISE X initiatives is something for children and young people to be proud of. We provide a wonderfully inclusive and supportive environment in which our young people can find and develop the best very of themselves whilst having fun and making friends.

Our RISE X programme is designed to support and compliment
the curriculum and provide a variety of innovative enrichment
opportunities for all ages and abilities.
We offer:

  • iheart resilience programme delivered at your setting
  • Equality Programme delivered within your setting 
  • Catch up interventions
  • Bespoke Programmes for LAC and Post adoptive families 
  • Intervention programmes to support your Pupil Premium Strategy
  • Unique after school and holiday club facilities
  • Unique after school and holiday club facilities
  • Bespoke Professional Development and Vocational Training Summer Courses
  • Apprenticeships and Development and Training Opportunities for Business and Education 

what is iheart?

iheart stands for Innate Health Education and Resilience Training, a programme specifically developed to help young people uncover their innate resilience and mental wellbeing. Iheart teaches the foundation of wellbeing as being innate and available to us all, already. A White Paper has recently been approved in regard to iheart and its successful principles. It is hoped that this will be released by January 2021.

This programme has a demonstrable improvement upon participants in terms of :

Mental health
Resilience and wellbeing 

When it comes to the youth mental health crisis enveloping our society, there is a huge emphasis on putting out fires and post-diagnostic treatment and intervention. The iheart programme is focused on building resilience and preventative intervention to prevent mental illness. We believe in preventing fires. 

The transformative approach of iheart to supporting young people, teachers and parents based on our core belief that ‘we have everything we need inside us’ which is uniquely focused on mental wellness, prevention and education.

The need for this type of intervention has never been greater as we emerge from the recent pandemic with fractured social connections, less faith and stability in what we thought we knew, less sense of control and autonomy over our lives and a greater sense of fear of our environment. This programme addresses all of these consequential outcomes through positivity and clarity of thought and a greater sense of awareness of how we interact with ourselves, our community and the wider world around us.  


We continue to demonstrate significant statistical and evidence based impact through delivery of the iheart Schools Programme to young people as shown by the following recent results:

90 pupils, Year 6:
  • 100% noticed a change in themselves post programme
  • 99% would recommend the programme to a friend
  • 11% to 3% decrease in negative classroom behaviours
192 pupils, Years 6-9: 1 out of 2 are better able to:
  • Deal with feeling lonely
  • Deal with being bullied
  • Deal with problems
  • Deal with feeling depressed
Social, Emotional & Mental Health School, Year 10:
  • 55% reduction in fixed term exclusions
  • 59% reduction in days of education lost through exclusion
  • 75% are on track / exceeding expected attainment progress
Our packages include teaching, monitoring, feedback and measuring outcomes for you, to illustrate the impact upon the participants in your setting, although we are confident that it will be self evident even after only minimal input from our team.

The iheart programme can be adapted for use in small groups or whole class delivery, depending upon the needs of the students and current Government COVID-19 Guidelines. It is suitable for all children and young people from age 9 upwards. It is perfect for developing resilience within families and teaching groups too and to develop self-esteem in LAC children and foster or post adoptive families or groups.

As this Advisory Teacher for Autism and former School Inclusion Manager and participant in the iheart programme stated,

“It is abundantly clear to me the impact that this project will have on our young people. Understanding where our feelings come from and what they mean, which lies at the core of the iheart curriculum, empowers us to decide how we feel about ourselves and our lives.This is the source of our mental wellness. What greater gift can we give our children?”

Looked After
Children and
Post-Adoptive Families

We craft carefully designed sessions and meaningful programmes to LAC and post adoptive children and their families. We understand the unique challenges that the LAC process can bring for young people; a time of great uncertainty which immediately follows the devastation of separation from care-givers and loved and familiar others and which has been made necessary by long periods of neglect or other significant harm or trauma. We acknowledge the deep seated attachment issues that these lived experiences can bring. We recognise how these issues can often manifest in young people as feelings of a lack of control or autonomy, anger, frustration, feelings of a lack of self worth and fractured resilience. If left unaddressed, they will create profound barriers to engagement in life and in learning as well as to the ability to form new attachments.

We use a combination of psychological, physiological, social work and educational expertise to develop packages to work in meaningful ways with these young people and their families, to encourage re-connection with self, with community and with the wider world. We nurture them back to a positive sense of self worth and to dare to dream of a bright, successful and independent future. We work with them at a manageable pace to address the well known triggers for addiction and criminal behaviour before they take hold. We support these young people in a transition from chaos to stability and resilience. e are able to offer individual or group programmes to Local Authorities and private clients alike, specifically tailored to identified needs and outcomes, which are of course kept under constant review throughout delivery.
We also offer adapted iheart and Equality programmes to incorporate the unique needs of young people who have experienced life as a Looked After Child. These programmes provide an extraordinary foundation for future growth, building awareness and resilience, confidence and good mental health.

Contact us to discuss how we can help your Local Authority or your Post-Adoptive Family make sustainable change today.

equality programme

Young people these days are growing up in a world where awareness of inequality is key to fostering positive relationships and achieving potential. Our Equality Programme teaches children to appreciate the value of every individual person, irrespective of gender, sexuality, race or colour. We teach children to recognise unconscious bias, privilege, disadvantage and prejudice in their thinking as well as in their behaviour. We explore a variety of thought patterns associated with fairness, equality and social justice. We establish some guidelines for how we would interact: respectful silence when someone else is speaking, disagreeing in a civil manner, in which context it is rarely necessary to require students to put their hands to share our thoughts.

We explore the concept of sacrificing your own happiness for the sake of group harmony or the happiness of another person and debated the value of work and whether it deserves reward. We debate people’s differing needs and wants, and provide deep and considered thought about the various types of poverty. We consider whether fairness is the most important aspect of society and whether making things fair sometimes compromises individual freedoms. We explore whether fairness means equality or if some groups in society require more to be equal to others. We apply our group discussions to the wider world to understand the impact of our mindset on society, our country and the wider world and to learn the value and power of our individual and collective voice.

Our equality programmes are innovative and enjoyable for students. They inspire debate, consideration, and contemplation whilst teaching respect, values and cooperation. We work with primary, secondary and SEND groups and compliment our iheart programme beautifully.

Contact us now for more information about how we can help to make your setting environment a more inclusive, fair and equal place to be.

Catch Up®

Catch Up® is a not-for-profit charity working to address literacy and numeracy difficulties that contribute to underachievement. We offer two structured one-to-one interventions, Catch Up® Literacy and Catch Up® Numeracy, proven to significantly improve the achievement of learners who find literacy or numeracy difficult. These sessions are perfect for focussed intervention with students who need a little more help to access the curriculum in these key areas.

Catch Up Literacy
A book-based reading intervention which enables struggling readers to achieve more than double the progress of typically developing readers.

Catch Up Numeracy
An intervention addressing 10 key components of numeracy which enables learners who struggle with numeracy to achieve more than double the progress of typically developing learners.

Both interventions are based on rigorous academic research and are targeted to the needs of individual learners. They involve 15-minute individual sessions delivered twice per week and have been proven to achieve double the normal rate of progress in learners' Reading and Number Ages.
These programmes really do:
- Improve learners' confidence, behaviour, and engagement with the whole curriculum;
- Encourage learning through success with interventions targeted to individual needs

Each intervention begins with assessments for learning, which enable us to identify an appropriate focus for the individual learner - for Catch Up® Literacy, a book of an appropriate level of difficulty; for Catch Up® Numeracy, activities of an appropriate level of difficulty that address a specific component of numeracy.

Each intervention then comprises two 15-minute individual sessions per week in which the learner reads from the chosen book/takes part in the chosen numeracy activity, and completes some linked writing/recording that addresses identified miscues. Throughout both interventions, the emphasis is on providing effective personalised learning support for the individual learner within a positive, supportive and enabling framework.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your students re-access the curriculum in literacy and numeracy with confidence and pride.

Holiday Club

RISE X is where the extra is!
Our vibrant and innovative programmes will keep children and young people stimulated and entertained throughout the school holidays. We combine group and individual activities for all ages and levels of ability and enthusiasm! Each week we will run a general RISE X programme for mixed age groups and also a more specialist focussed week. Current programmes being offered include Performing Arts, Science and Nature, Sports and Leisure, The Natural World and Engineering. Based in our inspiring setting of Colworth Park, the facilities we have access to are second to none.

Teens may prefer more focused learning whilst  developing industry contacts and gaining a real insight into the world of professional and skilled work by attending one of our professional development training courses, see below….

Bespoke Professional Development & Vocational Training Courses

After school club

Our RISE X Team will make sure that your Young People are offered stimulation through activity based learning and support in completing home school tasks in a nurturing and safe environment.

Fully OFSTED registered and staffed by experienced and qualified staff and offering a variety of packages, your young people are in safe and inspiring hands at RISE X.

Contact us to book a place or to join our waiting list now!


Research has shown that this is particularly so for more academically able pupils, who are most at risk of under-performing. RISE X gives students the best prospect of bucking that trend for pupils of all academic abilities and equips them to take real strides in education and personal development.

When in receipt of any PP funding, RISE assumes accountability for the effective use of the funding and will publish a strategy statement which takes into account:

RISE X has a range of services perfectly suited to students in receipt of Pupil Premium Statement. We work closely with schools to develop bespoke combination packages to make best use of the additional Government funding and make lasting improvements to the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.

Disadvantaged students are:
  • Looked after and previously looked after children
  • Those in receipt of free school meals or who have been in receipt of free school meals in the last 6 years.
  • Service children
  • Funding is NOT based upon academic ability.
Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:
  • Generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
  • Often do not perform as well as their peers
When in receipt of pupil premium funding, RISE will manage the fund taking into consideration
  • the needs of the individuals; and
  • the information available in the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Pupil Premium Guide.

Bespoke Professional Development & Vocational Training Courses

We aim to teach the core skills required for each area of practice or work and to measure progress during the course of the week. Every delegate on our Course will leave with a Certificate of Competency to demonstrate achievement in Key areas of proficiency.

‍Our Professional Development & Vocational Training Courses are a unique way for young people to explore areas of work that are of interest to them before committing to Options at school or University Course and to assess whether their skillset is well placed for this line of work.
Taught through a combination of innovative techniques and experiences and professional practitioners and speakers, our Programmes provide a truly immersive dive into the professionals and vocational world. Our links with industry and professional connections make us uniquely placed to provide a truly unique experience and will leave delegates eagerly awaiting Phase 2!

You can download the RISE X prospectus here

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