Below is a SWOT analysis conducted at the first working group meeting on Friday 27th October. Each of the three areas identified in the Mind Map were examined.



Consulting on appropriate candidates using MAST(Multi-Agency Support Team).
Mentoring very important.
Motivation for the young people involved.
Improvement of school grades.
Ease of talking to teachers by email.
Consider each candidate as an individual. If criteria/rules are set for selection there will ALWAYS be students proving to be an exception.


Possible funding issues.
'Staying power' of youngsters who have difficulty fitting in socially.
Lack of flexibility eg what if a child was succeeding in French and then had to miss it through the alternative curriculum.
Timetable can be tricky to move.
Phoenix Incident Manager information can be vague in the reporting of incidents.


Involving local businesses such as Ford's bakers, The Gothenburg, Harlawhill Day Centre.
Pupils gaining skills for work 'type' qualifications possibly. Work experience.
Wiki site using technology.
One-to-one mentoring may allow forum for students to express their honest feelings and difficulties.
Phoenix information to show impact of pupil who is not coping.
Working with staff on behaviour management eg. training for staff
Formative assessment, tap into this for staff.


Funding, timetable structures(change) between S3/S4.
Keeping pupils interested(role of the mentor is an opportunity).
Resentment from those not on the alternative curriculum, "If I'm bad do I get to go on this".
Pupils being taken out of the 'wrong' subjects.
Pupils wanting to do different things/projects.
Staff changes.
Literacy - lack of literacy is often the catalyst for negative behaviours. Possibly need to focus on literacy in managing their emotions.
Information for staff about the programme. Often when 'bad' kids removed from class, someone else will fill their shoes.