Innovate Dorset
Our Services

Our Services


Introducing a positive adult role model into a child's or young person's life can have a substantial impact.

Increasing confidence, building self-esteem, developing social, practical skills for life and promoting the importance of a more secure future, in an ever-changing world through re-engagement with education, training or employment! Never as straightforward as we would like! Our Mentors work to tackle the issues that have held the young person back or knocked them off course. Through informal learning opportunities, and a common-sense approach to any problem, entwined with our specialist skills in engagement. We aim to encourage respect and improve behaviour, with our interim service working hard to achieve the targeted outcomes that you need.


There are times when everyone needs some extra help!

Include the complexities of a learning difficulty or autistic spectrum disorder, and the simplest of situations can run the risk of becoming a traumatic event. Whatever the reason for losing confidence or interest in education, Innovate Dorset Learning Mentors are here to help.

Our Tutors are patient, supportive and follow the same practice as our Progressive Mentors when engaging with a child or young person for education and building a solid professional working friendship based on mutual trust and respect.

Our interim service is well known and respected for offering a supportive package to either reintegrate the participant back into full-time education or find employment or progress into further education.

XLR8 - Post 16 & EOTAS

XLR8 is a small group programme designed by Innovate Dorset.

This programme offers a bespoke package of support to young people Post 16 and EOTAS with complex social and or learning needs.

The mixture of tutor based, experiential and hidden learning is aimed to

engage students and keep them both interested and motivated, both to learn

and to achieve their own potential. Increased staffing levels and a maximum of 6 young people per group ensures that the students are supported at every step, whatever their individual learning style.

The XLR8 programme provides the opportunity to gain:

  • Personal, social, employability and independent living skills.
  • An improvement in self-confidence and self-awareness
  • An improved understanding of how to keep themselves safe from risks such as abuse, sexual exploitation, and extremism, this will include when using social media and the internet.
  • An understanding of how to keep themselves healthy, both emotionally and physically
  • Foundation level or GCSE’s in Maths, English and ICT will be established with an initial assessment. Additional virtual tutoring may also be offered if required.
  • Informal education opportunities to meet individual needs and interests may include short courses in, First Aid, Basic Food Hygiene to name a few.
  • The students will also have access to 1-1 support from an experienced mentor who will signpost them to any specialist services where required.

The programme supports young people in continuing to learn and develops

vital skills by covering the benefits and importance of teamwork, overcoming

barriers to work, career exploration and volunteering opportunities. With

small groups attending the XLR8 programme the staff offer a truly bespoke

and individual package to meet the Young Person’s needs.

Could our interim service be the new bespoke solution to a problem you have been looking to solve?