About School for Inspiring Talents

We’re passionate about providing our students with the right support, care, and educational framework to enable them to flourish.

 

Co-founded by Mark Escott in 2014, School for Inspiring Talents was established to meet the needs of children slipping through the net of mainstream schools. Our innovative therapeutic approach to education has enabled us to support a growing number of young people, and their families, who have had difficult childhood experiences.


Based across two sites in South Devon, School for Inspiring Talents was the first school in the UK to be awarded the Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools Award by Trauma Informed Schools (TIS) UK.


As a trauma informed school, our mental health approach to education and wellbeing provides a measurable evidence base of impact; training staff to support vulnerable children through therapeutic conversations, and working with parents to support mentally healthy cultures at home.

Watch our film below to see how School for Inspiring Talents is making a difference to young lives.

Read more about the services provided by the Life Chance Group for young people, families and professionals working with children.

Why we are here

 

Our experience working with children has shown us that the current education provision does not always meet the needs of those who struggle to fit into mainstream education. It’s also something we hear again and again from the families we work with.

 

We understand that difficult childhood experiences are a major factor in limiting a child’s educational, emotional, and social development. We provide a positive, nurturing, school environment that supports students to overcome their barriers to learning.

How we can help

 

We offer full and part-time placements for children who are struggling in mainstream education. Children may be referred by the Local Education Authority (LEA) or by their school.


Following an assessment by our Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), we create a tailored learning and support programme and work with students and their families to best support their social, emotional, and educational needs. It is this individual experience, combined with a nurturing and caring environment that enables our students to develop both personally and academically.

“From day one we knew that School for Inspiring Talents was the right place for Jonathan. Their whole approach was exactly what he needed to support him through his trauma and anxiety, and to build his trust. The change in him is astounding…. It’s not an understatement to say that the school saved Jonathan and our family.”

Admissions

 

School for Inspiring Talents is an independent school providing therapeutic education for children who have experienced challenging life experiences. All students have an Education Health and Care Plan with Social, Emotional and Mental Health as the primary need.
New students can join us in years 1-7 and are placed by Local Authorities through their commissioning process.

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We're keeping everything crossed for the National Association of Pastoral Care in Education Awards TONIGHT!
We are hugely proud of the School for Inspiring Talents team for making it to the finals. 👏
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Were keeping everything crossed for the National Association of Pastoral Care in Education Awards TONIGHT! 
We are hugely proud of the School for Inspiring Talents team for making it to the finals.  👏
#pastoral #Awards #NAPCE

Join our LSA team!
We’re growing our team of Learning Support Assistants. This is a vital and rewarding role within our school that supports children with complex social, emotional and mental health needs. Term-time only, with opportunities for career development. Visit our website for details on how to apply!
sfit.org.uk/vacancies/
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Join our LSA team!
We’re growing our team of Learning Support Assistants. This is a vital and rewarding role within our school that supports children with complex social, emotional and mental health needs. Term-time only, with opportunities for career development. Visit our website for details on how to apply! 
https://sfit.org.uk/vacancies/
#joinus #recruitment
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