Who We Are

CSIN operates Alternative Provision  from our specialist independent schools in Eccles Swinton and Weaste, Operating under the Banner of S.A.I.L. Salford Alternative Independent Learning we offers a range of vocational courses and educational packages designed for young people who find it difficult engaging in mainstream education. With vocational qualifications being offered our aim is to re-engage young people, creating opportunities which lead into further education or employment. Each pupil receives an individual learning plan and is supported throughout the training programme by our highly skilled teachers, learning mentors and youth workers. Courses range from entry level to level 2 and are recognised on the Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF). Learning programmes are personalised, giving the learner the greatest opportunity to achieve.

How we do things differently

We try to make our learning environment as least like ‘school’ as possible so that the young people who come to us can achieve and succeed to the best of their abilities.

There are three form tutors who will be there every day for you to talk to and to help with any issues you might be having. There is also a Pastoral Learning Co-ordinator who will come and spend some 1:1 time with you to make sure that you are happy and settling in well

What subjects do we cover?

Young people have the opportunity to study English, Maths and Art GCSEs as well as taking part in lessons in Business Studies PE, PSHE and Citizenship. They can also take part in Duke of Edinburgh Award and will complete Asdan qualifications in cooking, food hygiene and preparing for independent living. There is also an opportunity to study vocational options that the young person can choose themselves. including, Creative Media, Hair and Hospitality.

Specialist Education

Our alternative provision fulfils the requirements of the various subjects and areas of learning for Year 10 and 11 learners,  meeting the six areas of learning and offering a full and broad curriculum. Functional skills in English, Maths and ICT are integrated into all courses as are additional qualifications aimed at developing and assessing young people’s social and personal skills.

Year 10 and 11 Provision (KS4)

Programmes include:

BTEC  Business Studies

BTEC Sport and Active Leisure

Functional Skills Maths/ English/ ICT

Asdan Unit Award Scheme (as a vehicle to deliver various subject areas)

Vocational Training Hair and Beauty, Creative Media, Art and Design, Hospitality.

GCSE Support classes for Maths/ English/ ICT

All learners will have access to careers and training advice, to support them in finding a pathway after compulsory education.

Year 9 Provision (KS3)

Programmes includes:

Core Subjects – Maths/ English/ ICT/ Science

Modern Foreign Languages

Projects on Citizenship/ Religious Studies/History/ Geography

Enhanced PSHE and Personal Development for all learners

Physical Education through BTEC L1 Sport / Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership

Vocational Options include BTEC Business Studies/ Public Services/Health and Social care

What happens when you start

The first thing that happens is that you will take some ‘Baseline’ assessments. These are like tests, but there is no pass or fail! They simply let us know what level you work at in your English and maths so that a fully personalised program of learning can be set up for you

Intensive Support Provision

Where  young people are having difficulty accessing either mainstream or alternative provision, CSIN S.A.I.L has specialist staff that can be flexible to the individuals needs.  This may involve educating a young person from a base other than one of our centres but closer to their homes with short one to one  sessions that focus on core subjects and investigate possible next steps in education, training or employment.

Rates are variable dependent on the level of support and need, and will be negotiated on an individual basis with the referring school or agency.

A Students Perspective

Each student will have the opportunity to develop an individual learning plan with their Learning Mentor or Teacher which they will follow throughout their time on the programme. Goals and Targets will be set for each young person and reviewed regularly to ensure progress is carefully monitored. Behaviour is measured and recorded each week using statistical analysis to track patterns of behaviour and set targets. All the above help us measure students progress from the date of admission, to the day they move on.

Half termly celebration events are held to recognise achievement. Young people receive awards for:




Students will have the opportunity to be taken on various rewards trips for good behaviour, classwork and / or attendance.

What else do we provide

CSIN also provides breakfast in the morning and lunches for all their young people as well as refreshments throughout the day – so you will always have something nice to eat when you come. Our day begins at 9.30am for breakfast club and lessons start at 10.00am. Our day finishes at 2.30pm.

About the staff

All the staff at CSIN, who are a mix of teachers, tutors and youth workers, are friendly and approachable and we work hard to make sure that all the young people who come to us fit in well and are given the opportunity to succeed to the best of their abilities.

More information

We offer a range of alternatives to suit both the young person and the referrer’s needs. Full time places or part time (part weekly or half daily) are offered. The referrer will book for a place and not a student, so if the young person stops attending for any reason they can be replaced by another

.For more information contact Lorraine on 0161 222 7676 or Sonia on 07885403286 or email refer@csin.co.uk