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A TEAM WITH A NEW DIMENSION

Seacroft and Manston Cluster Support Team add a new dimension to the support that schools alone can offer.
The Cluster Support Team includes professionals from many different backgrounds; teachers, staff from youth offending teams, family support specialists, behaviour specialists, therapeutic workers, prison workers.

The process begins if staff in school determine that a pupil or their family needs access to resources beyond those available to the school. Some of the support is already allocated to schools to manage their own caseload; for example play therapy and counselling services. For other additional services, school staff can make a referral to the Cluster Support Team. The request is reviewed by the team, who then assigns the work to one of the team.
We also engage and commission a lot of project based work based on wider needs of the cluster schools; for instance careers day, world of work days, a project on exploring domestic violence.

WHAT IS THE CLUSTER PARTNERSHIP?

Clusters began life as extended services for groups of Leeds schools and have grown to engage a range of partners such as Health, Police, and Social Care who provide early help, early intervention and prevention services for children, young people and families.
The Leeds citywide cluster model is a unique partnership approach for supporting vulnerable children and families. In Leeds Ofsted 2015 Report, it stated that the cluster model is:

  • effective at identifying needs and offering timely early help to pupils
  • helping to drive improvements in all pupils’ attendance and that through the cluster model
  • there are extensive early and targeted help services available to families at the first emergence of a problem, delivered by knowledgeable, confident and well-trained practitioners.

HOW WELL DO WE DO?

We have worked with hundreds of families across Leeds and are committed to improving opportunities for children
There are around 10,500 children and young people living in the area with 5186 on a local school roll in the cluster. We are usually working with around 500 of these families. We pride ourselves on being a forward thinking partnership, who offer a bespoke package of support that responds well to our growing and changing needs.

We regularly review our services to ensure that our children and young people are at the heart of everything we do.

MEET THE TEAM

Mark Smith

CLUSTER LEADER

Minton Goodison

DEPUTY CLUSTER LEADER AND TEAM LEADER

India Wilson

PA AND FINANCIAL GOVERNANCE

Helen Lenton

CLUSTER SENCO AND 4-11 LEADER

Catherine Beale

EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST

Lindsey Lockwood

4-7  TEAM INCLUSION TEACHER

Brenda Hogg

FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER

Suzanne Wilson

FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER – DRUGS/ALCOHOL MISUSE & OFFENDING FOCUS

PC Caroline Walker

SAFE SCHOOLS OFFICER

Kath Edson

YOUNG PERSON’S SUPPORT WORKER

Louise Graham

CAREERS AND PROGRESSIONS ADVISOR

Sarah Mclaughlin

YOUNG PERSON’S SUPPORT WORKER

Stuart Bell

ON STREET ATTENDANCE BUS DRIVER

Rakaya Thompson

FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER

Mary Matora

FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER

Bev Fisher

CLUSTER SUPPORT OFFICER