Our vocational course programme is non-accredited and follows RARPA Pathways to Adulthood at one of 2 entry points:
Students work towards their outcomes in their EHCPs on a personalised curriculum to achieve their aspirations. Areas of study include:
We have a variety of workshops in our Craft Hub. Our students have the opportunity to work in the woodwork, pottery and textiles workshops using a variety of different media. Craft Skills develop the hands on practice of crafts and allow the development of gross and fine motor skills as well as developing routines, concentration, problem solving skills, working with others and timekeeping.
Post production, the students explore the need to develop and create markets for sales at craft fairs, online and onsite. Meeting and dealing with members of the public are key elements enabled by this selling process.
This takes place in the campus grounds where we have a farm and a two acre vegetable garden. Farm Based Learning Students are actively involved in all aspects of farm management and animal care. Our herd of Dexter cows was chosen for its size and suitability for handling by our students. The sheep and pigs provide further hands on experience. The students will learn about other aspects of farm management, including stock rotation, pasture management, field maintenance and egg production. Our gardens and orchards provide many of the vegetables and fruit used on site. This provides students with the ability to understand how their food arrives at the table, alongside developing practical skills needed in the workplace. Wakefield Riding for the Disabled is also based on site, giving students the opportunity to learn horse care and stable management as well as horse riding.
All students also work on their personal independent living skills. As we have five houses on site, these are ideal real life learning spaces. Students have a variety of Independent Living sessions throughout the year covering personal health and fitness, accessing the community, PSHE , independent living and community inclusion.
Tutors assess students, set targets and monitor progress. Along with the Welfare Contact they contribute to the annual review of the EHCP.
Students joining the ACE programme will receive job coach support to identify a work placement with a local business or employer. The job coaches provide support to settle into the role and learn responsibilities, and will taper off the support as each student develops independence in their role.
Each placement is tailored to the individual, and the ‘Place then Train’ model of employment allows each individual to learn the role through experience, while also demonstrating their key skills and abilities to the employer. Where an employer agrees to a paid job, the ACE team provide support around welfare rights, advice and guidance, and support to transition into the job.
Once in work or volunteering, the ACE team will maintain on-going contact indefinitely, and can provide advice and guidance about issues or in-work progression, attend annual job reviews, and may request graduates to return as ACE Alumni!
The ACE Team recently won the NATSPEC Pathways to Employment award 2020. They have successfully supported students through their placements and our students have gone onto part-time voluntary or paid work as well as further employability programmes or supported internships.
For more information contact: Raph Taylor email@example.com