Exceptional Ideas Ltd was set up in 2007 to provide educational consultancy and training. We opened Teaseldown School in Ridgewell, Essex, in 2009 to help young people aged 11 – 17 to overcome barriers they have faced whilst learning within the mainstream education system. In 2013, Primrose Hill School, Chelmsford, was opened to complement Teaseldown school. In January 2015, Teaseldown moved to a larger and bespoke premises in Sible Hedingham in the Sugar Loaves building. Brook View School on the site of the old Brewery Tavern in Wethersfield is the latest addition to our organisation which opened in early 2015.
Exceptional Ideas Ltd is also able to offer Therapeutic Education in the form of Outreach. Our approach is multi-professional, utilising an evidence-based planning and evaluation process which is underpinned by current practitioner research. We believe that therapeutic education should be creative, flexible, individually designed and incorporate measurable assessments of progress. We also believe that all students should have access to a full curriculum across KS3 to KS4 which includes formal examinations such as GCSEs.
Brett Runchman and Hazel Bunting are also associate lecturers at University of East Anglia in Norwich and have input into Health degree programmes on offer there. Our staff come from a wide catchment of backgrounds from acting, caring, Health, Education, Social Care and all have had a high level of training that equips them to understand our ethos with clarity.
Ethos and Values
Our values are those of caring, mutual respect and understanding and achievement in a calm, caring environment. Young people, parents and staff are all encouraged to adopt areas of responsibility in the process and to reflect upon their contribution in bringing about change and achievement.
All those involved in the lives of each young person working with us is involved in the process, with their views and experiences, wishes and aspirations considered and their input considered to create a strong, cohesive team.
Our approach is based on anti-bullying, anti-drugs and parental engagement to develop a healthy and successful lifestyle through planning, reflection and development of each young person referred to us.