Barry Currell - Assistant Head Teacher/Safeguarding Lead
Louise Robson - Data Protection Officer
A pathway designed to maximise opportunities for students with ASD. This group are taught using a range of specialist approaches in two base classes, accessing other areas of the curriculum as appropriate.
Functional Living Skills – We focus on functional skills through structured functional literacy and numeracy sessions. Pupils are supported to gain understanding within key topics such as money and time, and opportunities are made for students to practice these skills in a variety of contexts. They are also given the support necessary to transfer the skills to the wider community. Personal effective strategies and support are used to enable students to fully engage in learning.
Independence Skills – Students following our Reaching Out programme are encouraged to be as independent as possible which is reflected across their study programme. Students complete a range of activities linked to looking after their own home as well as increasing vocational and self-help skills.
Skills for the Community – Our students have several opportunities to visit the local community every week, accessing a range of local shops, amenities, cafes, restaurants, work placements and much, much more.
Physical and Emotional Wellbeing – As part of our autism specialised curriculum, students follow a highly structured program with predictable routines. Visual timetables, and where appropriate, individual visual supports such as now and next cards used to promote understanding. Having familiar and structured routines are key factors that enable our students to access vocational areas of college and the wider community. Students are presented with food facts and are supported to make healthy eating choices, they regular exercise to help them regulate and have access to a number of quiet spaces when required.
Personal and Social Development – PSD sessions concentrate on developing new skills to keep physically and emotionally healthy. This enables students to gain control over their own emotional regulation, this has had a hugely positive impact on behaviours.
Work-related Learning – Students attend work related sessions within the college and also in the wider community. Sessions are tailored to meet the needs of the individual learner with autism using familiar routines, timetables and skills stuff in please to facilitate the sessions.
Communication and Interaction – Students are given many and varied opportunities to develop and practice social interaction skills and to development communication skills. Small group and one-to-one teaching of new skills is provided at each stage and in all areas of the curriculum. Video modelling, real life scenarios and appropriate role modelling are included in focused lessons for our students.