Post 16 Provison
What does Post-16 Provision look like at Amwell View?
Amwell View’s Post 16 leavers suite (Students 2) is designed to be more open, proving a large space which offers an opportunity to learn in the kitchen as well as having a more typical learning area. Students continue to be supported through the use of visual timetables and other communication aids with an emphasis on transferable skills which are used in future provision. This includes developing important life skills. Students utilise the community by visiting local shops to practise money handling, shopping, road safety and travel training where appropriate. The curriculum in Students 2 includes;
‘ASDAN is a pioneering curriculum development organisation and awarding body, offering programmes and qualifications that explicitly grow skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life.’ Students will work towards either the Personal Development Bronze Award or Towards Independence modules.
Personal Development Programme – Bronze Award
The Personal Development Programme aims to develop key skills in English, Maths, ICT, teamwork, independent learning and coping with problems. Students complete challenges and develop a portfolio of evidence which is then externally moderated. Students will receive a certificate for their nationally recognised achievement.
Towards Independence presents a framework of activities through which personal, social and independence skills can be developed and accredited. It is designed for those students with severe and profound learning difficulties functioning between P Levels 1-8. Students will work towards modules such as the Environment, Everyday Living, The World Around us and the World of Work.
Focus is a new range of ASDAN modules that can be achieved independently of each other. Evidence is gathered into a portfolio to demonstrate skill development in a specific subject area such horticulture.
All students have the opportunity to work with ‘Mudlarks Community Garden’. Mudlarks come into school each week to support the students in learning about horticulture. Students enjoy maintaining and creating new features and resources in the school dell and planting vegetables and bulbs in the garden. It is also a great opportunity for students to make links with a community group who can support them in the future. Vic, Jackie and Rob are consistent members of the Mudlarks team and have extensive experience working with young people with learning difficulties. They develop relationships with each of the students and take great pleasure in supporting their learning.
Youth Connexions Work Experience Placements
In Year 14, where deemed appropriate some students will complete a week of work experience in employment outside of school. Students are placed in a suitable work experience environment and are supported by school staff throughout their week. This gives students the opportunity to experience what employment is like and broaden their knowledge and understanding of the world of work.
Amwell View’s Music and Dance teachers support a group of students to achieve the Bronze Arts Award which is a Level 1 national qualification. Students take part in an arts activity they enjoy, go to an arts event, research their arts inspiration and share their skills with others. A selection of students will verbally present their Arts Award portfolio to an external moderator as part of their assessment. Students plan their work with teachers on a weekly basis and keep a record by creating their own Arts Award portfolio.
Musiclab visit the school weekly to give students the opportunity to experience playing in a band. At the end of the year students perform to the school along side to show off the skills that they have learnt over the year.
The Young Enterprise Programme inspires students with special educational and support needs to work together as they set up and run their own company. The activity has been developed for children with a range of learning difficulties. It encourages students to work together, interact with adults and grow in confidence as they set up and run their own enterprise, guided every step of the way by a personal business advisor. It’s the only programme of its kind in the UK and is specially designed to help young people who have learning difficulties or disabilities learn about business and set up their own company. The Programme provides a wonderful framework for learning and opportunity, resulting in learners gaining confidence and greater self-awareness.
Students are not expected to wear school uniform when they join Students 2. This is to help with a gradual transition towards college and adulthood.
Amwell View School and Specialist Sports College
Mrs J. S. Liversage B. ED., Dip., B. Phil. (MSI)