Innovate Dorset

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Innovate Dorset is a locally renowned alternative education provider, specialising in supporting children and young people into education, training, and employment. Providing bespoke mentoring and tutoring services, as well as an examination centre and links to local projects, we are able to provide a holistic and engaging service for those who require an alternative provision.

Innovate Dorset's  Mission

By recognising and cultivating the potential of children and young people, we strive to ensure everyone is supported to succeed. Our ethos is underpinned by our commitment to a nurturing, inclusive, and individualised service, while striving for excellence and adventure. We are dedicated to providing a safe space for young people to craft the life skills they need to successfully engage in education, training, and employment.

Our intervention model is designed to support both individuals and targeted groups who may be identified as:

Vulnerable and/or at Risk - Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) - Looked After Children (LAC) - On the Cusp of Exclusion - Disengaged from Education

Why choose us


Our intervention model has been designed to support individuals who may be unable to access education due to: being vulnerable or at risk, being a looked after child (LAC); special educational needs and disability (SEND); social, emotional or mental health needs; temporarily, permanently, or on the cusp of exclusion; disengaged from education.
We recognise that children and young people come to us with a wide range of reasons as to why formal education couldn’t meet their needs, and we provide a safe and caring environment to address these concerns and aim for reintegration into education, training, or employment



We pride ourselves on our ability to quickly and efficiently respond to the needs of the young people, including prompt responses to enquiries and referrals, as well as swiftly creating a bespoke package to meet these needs with our versatile, diverse, and highly trained staff team



We recognise that there is an increasing need for good quality alternative education, and we have a fantastic team of mentors and tutors who are able to deliver our bespoke sessions in a safe, caring, and nurturing environment. Our staff have the knowledge and experience to ensure that they remain flexible and responsive to the young person’s needs, while always finding opportunities for education and mentoring



With our bespoke packages, we aim to provide engaging opportunities for both formal and informal learning to meet the individual need of each child and young person. We encourage young people to try new things, approach challenges positively, and actively seek support when needed, so that nobody gets left behind

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