Our 19-25 Provision: Rationale
At Blue Skies School, we recognise that some young autistic people may need longer to complete and consolidate their education and training and need support to exercise choice and control over their lives; including the 4 “preparing for adulthood’ outcomes (SEND Code of practice):
· Moving in to paid employment and higher education
· Independent living
· Having friends and relationships and being part of their communities
· Being as healthy as possible
The curriculum offer in our 19-25 provision focuses on these needs for our students with EHC plans who are not yet ready to complete further education with their peers by age 19.
Students are able to complete/improve GCSEs in English and Maths and, depending on individual needs, are able to undertake other accredited programmes of study including A’ Level, where appropriate.
Our students study a series of bespoke short courses at Mid-Kent college throughout the year on a weekly basis, to prepare them for the transition to college life, if they chose it, including:
· Painting and Decorating
· Animal Care
· Art and Design
· Motor Mechanics
· Brick laying
Oxford and Cambridge Life and Living Skills Programme
Our students study components of this accredited programme including units focused on:
· The world of work
· Household maintenance
· Managing emotions
· Communication skills
· Managing finances
Our aim is for our students to develop the skills necessary to transition successfully into adult life and to be able to move on from Blue Skies and participate in further education, training or apprenticeships.
Our students undertake practical activities to support this programme; including:
· Work experience
· Independent travel training
· Access to the local facilities
· Training to develop and maintain friendships
· Speech therapy
· Careers advice
· Developing skills for living in semi supported or independent accommodation.
If you are interested in finding out more about our 19-25 provision, please contact us in order to arrange a visit.