The curriculum comprises of a number of practical subjects that contribute towards the Outcomes for Adulthood (Employment, Independent Living, Community Inclusion and Health) supplemented by additional subjects of a leisure nature according to need and student choice. The college course reduces to 4 days after the initial year to allow for students to access another provider as a transition into the students’ next provision.
Current modules offered from Towards Independence are:-
Employment (Work Related Modules)
Students learn about the world of work through Business Enterprise modules, Horticulture, the Environment and we are soon to introduce Animal Care. Current Enterprises include gift making, College café and car washing. In addition, where appropriate, students are able to access related supported work experiences. Currently we have placements at Wythenshawe Park Horticulture Centre and Tescos in Altrincham.
Functional Skills: Literacy/Communication, Numeracy, ICT
Students use their functional skills in a variety of practical real life situations. For example they shop for their weekly cooked lunch session and practise money skills in Enterprise and the school canteen. They continue to be taught communication in discrete sessions where appropriate. All students have communication targets set in conjunction with the SALT team. A range of assistive technologies are available for students who need them.
Most students continue to have discrete Computing lessons as well as use of ICT across the curriculum. The school is well equipped and students have opportunities to use the ICT suite, iPads, videoing and creative media equipment, and they also use specialist software and a range of different internet sites to support learning in all subject areas.