The majority of young people attending Stockport Young Futures are those who have recently been permanently excluded. Children on the sixth day after permanent exclusion are legally entitled to education and Stockport Council commissions Highfields College to provide this via Stockport Young Futures – both for students who will eventually come to Highfields College (Stockport’s Pupil Referral Unit) and for those identified as being immediately ready for a fresh start at a new mainstream school. The provision is based in Stockport town centre at Brookfield House.
Stockport Young Futures also provides intervention for existing Highfields College students who are at the highest point of disengagement. As part of our partnership with Virtual Schools, from June 2024 Stockport Young Futures will also run a pilot for highly-vulnerable post-16s who are NEET.
The two contacts for this area are:
  • Miss Tebbutt – Assistant Director for Stockport Young Futures – 0161 406 7922 / helen.tebbutt@highfieldscollege.org.uk
  • Mrs K. Devine-Hayes – Designated Mental Health Lead – 0161 4067922 / kelly.devine@highfieldscollege.org.uk

Miss Tebbutt oversees an experienced team of teachers (Mrs Davies, Mrs Wareham) and tutors (Mrs Abdi, Mr Nelson) who deliver the sessions for each programme.


The general aims of Stockport Young Futures are as follows:

  • To provide access to regular, high-quality and person-centre education on the sixth day after permanent exclusion or as near to that day as possible.
  • Provide a bridge between schools for those students identified as being immediately ready for a fresh start at another mainstream school. The includes assessing their levels of learning and attempting to ‘unpick’ any underlying issues that may have contributed to the breakdown of the previous school placement.
  • Provide a ‘softer landing’ for students who have been permanently excluded and feel uncertain / anxious about next steps.
  • Formulate a programme of mentoring that will make inroads into a young person’s perspective of themselves, others and the value of learning.
  • Provide the opportunity for our most disengaged students to have regular contact with a school professional with expertise in SEMH – allowing for their welfare to be regularly monitored and where necessary, for the referral on to other agencies.
  • Provide continuity in the working relationships between education professionals, family and any outside agencies.
  • Provide contact with Highfields staff who have expertise in mental health / behaviour and can assist with next steps.
  • Assist families struggling to cope with the upheaval and uncertainty that comes with educational placement breakdown.

The vision for each programme offered can be found here:

How? When? Where?

Students are referred into Stockport Young Futures usually via the Education Welfare Service, Virtual Schools or FASST. From there, a 1-to-1 programme of delivery is devised by Mrs Tebbutt in agreement with the student, parent/carer and any other involved parties.

This agreement is based on the following principles:

  • Teaching, assessment and other support will take place at Brookfield House.
  • The student, parent/carer and school will sign a ‘working agreement’ outlining expectations, acceptable conduct and commitments.
  • The student will meet for a regular slot for an agreed amount of sessions each week.
  • The focus will be on English, Maths and Science in the first instance, with each student’s curriculum offer built-up from there.
  • Specialist assessments will be undertaken of the student’s learning abilities and their feelings / perspectives about school.
  • A log will be kept of all sessions.
  • All students on this placement have a ‘build up’ plan to extend their time in education – be that a move to another provider or entry into the Highfields College main provisions.
  • Typical transition will occur within a maximum of 2 weeks – be that to a new school or transition to the Highfields College main site.
  • Extended transition for exceptional cases can involve a programme of approx. 12 – 16 weeks.

More about the Stockport Young Futures  offer and process of transition can be found here: Curriculum Overview 23 – 24 – Young Futures