New Directions

Novus provides a range of engaging and inclusive educational services that are tailored to meet each child's diverse needs and interests to enable children and young people to improve their lives and future success in custody through to the community.

Our delivery model for children and young people includes high-quality education, enrichment, vocational training, career routeways and support that are the foundations for change. 

Novus youth provision is led and delivered by our dedicated team of specialist, trauma-informed educational and support professionals who work tirelessly to support children in their care. 

The needs of children in custody are unique. Children are by definition, developing, and are still to gain the life skills and experience that are needed for good social behaviour and decision-making. For children in custody this inexperience is too often compounded by trauma, a high prevalence of neurodisability and missed opportunities to support positive development. But all children are highly resilient and capable of rapid and extraordinary change if provided with education, support and opportunity adapted to their needs. 

Novus youth provision enables children to confidently set out in new directions, towards positive futures.  

Through a whole establishment approach, our passionate and professional colleagues work in close partnership with our Group and sister organisations, fellow providers, government agencies and community stakeholders. Most importantly, they work with care and commitment and in partnership with the individual children and young people that they support through the Secure Stairs Framework. 

Working together, we can a make a difference to every child, their family and their community. Now, and for the future.

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It is my view that education needs to be central to our response to you offending.... Education and training are... the building blocks on which a life free from crime can be constructed.

— Charlie Taylor, Review of the Youth Justice System in England and Wales (December 2016), Ministry of Justice