United World Welfare For 16 & 17 Year Olds

Welfare

The School welcomes students who are under the age of 18 years and treats all students as independent, mature individuals. However, the School acknowledges that anyone under the age of 18 living in England is legally a child and recognises that these students may therefore have additional needs in relation to their support and welfare.

All members of staff have received safeguarding training and a number of staff members have had higher level safeguarding training. All training includes understanding and recognising the possibility of grooming, extremism and radicalisation in today’s society.

Parents are also advised that we cannot provide 24 hr supervision for 16 and 17 year olds. When classes are finished they will be free to meet friends, go shopping etc. They will be required to stay with a host family if they are not staying with a guardian or relative arranged by parents. Under 18s are not permitted to live in residential accommodation (if not in an organised group with leaders).

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Parents are also advised that we cannot provide 24 hr supervision for 16 and 17 year olds. When classes are finished they will be free to meet friends, go shopping etc. They will be required to stay with a host family if they are not staying with a guardian or relative arranged by parents. Under 18s are not permitted to live in residential accommodation (if not in an organised group with leaders).

Further Important Information

Parents are sent an information pack with rules and regulations, consent forms and including advice for staying in The UK before you arrive in England.

On arrival, we can provide a door to door, meet and greet transfer service straight to accommodation for new students. 16 and 17 year olds may also travel to Bournemouth on their own (NOT RECOMMENDED). We will ask about this on the consent form.

On the first day at school, students will be given an induction which will include important information regarding rules and regulations, health and safety and life in the UK.

Students will also receive an Under 18s Handbook with information about living with a host family, UK Law for under 18s, contact numbers and things to do in Bournemouth. You will also be given a School Code of Conduct and a feedback form (this is to ensure that you are happy with your classes and homestay during your first 2-3 days).

If you require a taxi pick-up and drop-off to and from school every school day this can be arranged for you at extra cost.

United World believes that the welfare of students is extremely important. Parents can be sure that their child will be learning in a safe environment. A number of our staff are trained in safeguarding children and we have first aiders on site at all times.

If you come to United World as a private student (not part of an organised group or closed group), you will join classes with adults and a consent form will be requested from parents to allow this.

If you prefer to take the bus, yellow bus passes can be purchased from the school reception.

We also ask that students dress for a learning environment. Please remember that we are a school of mixed nationalities and 16/17 year old students will also be in a mixed minor and adult environment. Clothing which shows large amounts of body, is not acceptable. For example see-through t-shirts and blouses, very short skirts/shorts, jeans/trousers that show underwear. Students coming to school in unsuitable clothing, will be asked to go and change. This also protect minors in an adult environment.

Curfew times for 16 & 17 year olds is 10.30 pm Monday – Sunday unless another curfew time is agreed with both parents (on consent form) and host family.

The ratio for activities and trips is 1: 15-20 student (aged 11+)

Information for parents / guardians of students aged 16 & 17 available here

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United World Welfare For Under 16 Year Olds

United World is primarily a school for students of 16 years and over, however, we also have a full Junior Summer Programme in July and August (age 11 to 15). We can accept groups only of under 16 students at other times of the year.

Our high season is from June to September.

All students receive high quality care and under 16 students will receive additional support during their stay.

All members of staff have received safeguarding training and a number of staff members have had higher level safeguarding training. All training includes understanding and recognising the possibility of grooming, extremism and radicalisation in today’s society.

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Students under 16 will be required to study on a full programme unless they are living with a family member or a guardian appointed by the parents.

Parents are requested to read the information for students under 16 included in the package which is sent on application.

Students must use the Airport Transfer Service provided by United World if not part of an organised group, or the student is not being picked up by family member or appointed guardian.

Students from 13 years to 15 years will be able to use a bus pass to travel to and from school each day. 11 and 12 year olds will need to use a pick up service if the host family cannot drop them off and pick them up each day. This will incur an extra cost.

We try our best to put under 16 students in a host family which is close to school or very near a bus stop. If students come in a group and share a twin room, they will be able to travel together every day.

Accommodation will be full board with a packed lunch every day.

United World believes that the welfare of students is extremely important. Parents can be sure that their child will be learning in a safe environment. A number of our staff are trained in safeguarding children and we have first aiders on site at all times.

On the first day at school, students will be given an induction which will include important information regarding rules and regulations, health and safety and life in the UK.

All classes are timetabled at separate times to the adult classes as part of our Safeguarding Policy.

We also ask that students dress for a learning environment. Please remember that we are a school of mixed nationalities and under 16 year old students, although on a different timetable, will occasionally be in a mixed minor and adult environment. Clothing which shows large amounts of body, is not acceptable. For example see-through t-shirts and blouses, very short skirts/shorts, jeans/trousers that show underwear. Students coming to school in unsuitable clothing, will be asked to go and change. This also protect minors in an adult environment.

The ratio for activities and trips is 1: 15-20 students (aged 11+)

Organised Groups / Closed Groups & Junior Mini Stays

Organised groups can be integrated into the main school lessons if necessary. This encourages students to practise speaking more English and to interact with classmates of different cultures.

Junior (under 16) mini stays are organised in closed groups with a separate timetable to the 16+

Students are tested on arrival to determine their level and put into appropriate classes according to their results.

Mini stay closed groups may have a separate timetable to the other students in school.

Junior package classes are morning 13.45 and 17.05 (15 lessons per week with activities in the morning-July and August)

Lessons are age appropriate, communicative and fun with emphasis on working collaboratively with peers and teachers in an environment conducive to confidence building.

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Junior package classes are morning 13.45 and 17.05 (15 lessons per week with activities in the morning-July and August)

Lessons are age appropriate, communicative and fun with emphasis on working collaboratively with peers and teachers in an environment conducive to confidence building.

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You will have skills practice : reading, writing, listening and speaking

Everyday English: using functional language, writing letters, conversational skills

Project Work: Each week you will work on a different project in groups. The project will be chosen to complement the topic and language area of the week. Projects may include posters and oral presentations, a play, songs or role-play.

Every Friday, project work is presented to the class, who will then vote which one is the best. The winning team will receive a prize

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Activities

Afternoon/morning activities may include sports such as beach volleyball, football, treasure hunts and half day excursions.

Evening activities can include quiz nights, film nights and Karaoke.

These activities are led by ‘Activity Leaders’ and there is always someone who is trained in first aid on duty. All staff members have had safeguarding and PREVENT training.

Half day excursions can include trips to The Jurassic Coast-Lulworth and Durdle Door (World Heritage Site), Swanage and Corfe, Christchurch, Moors Valley.

Other full day trips include London, Oxford and Bath.

The ratio for activities and trips is 1: 15-20 students (aged 11+)

Our Safeguarding Policy is available to download here

Safeguarding Policy

Other full day trips include London, Oxford and Bath.

The ratio for activities and trips is 1: 15-20 students (aged 11+)

Our Safeguarding Policy is available to download here

Safeguarding Policy