In all cases, the pathway for a student is determined by their long-term outcomes, outlined in their Education, Health and Care Plan. Every student will have a time table which represents their ‘ideal week’ which will broadly fall into one of the two pathways, both of which cover the core curriculum areas.
Pathway 1: Communication and building independence
Our first pathway focuses on developing meaningful choice and being able to communicate preferences. Due to our students having their ‘ideal weeks’ and working within the community, we are able to embed and generalise these skills across different environments, settings and people. Independent life skills are also at the core of this pathway, ensuring our students grow to become adults who are as independent as possible, increasing their opportunities to have choice and control over their life.
Students on this pathway will also access elements of our vocational and employment programmes, such as work experience placements. Students will focus on overcoming barriers to learning and engaging in a life that has variety and fulfilment. Students will also complete the Transition Challenge Sensory course, which accredits the progress they have made toward their personal and social development. Some students may also complete the Introduction & Progression programme in their second or third year at the provision.
Pathway 2: Independence and employment
Our second pathway focuses on developing a student’s ability to become an active citizen in their community and engage in employment and voluntary opportunities. Students spend up to 50% of their week in their local communities, engaging in programmes designed to ensure they become as independent as possible, and can make informed choices through experiences. Students on this pathway have sustained and ongoing work placements in an area of interest to them, and where possible this is supported with qualifications to enable their next steps to take place.
Students on this pathway also take part in the Transition Challenge Introduction and Progression to accredit their progress in their personal and social development achievements. Students also work to overcome barriers which may impact their ability to lead a full and independent life.