The Further Education Department (Post 16/Key Stage 5), now located at Ellen Tinkham College, is a provision for young people between the ages of 16-19. The Key Stage 5 (Post 16 Education) curriculum is linked to the ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ Framework, with student outcomes centred around Education and Employment, Independence, Community Inclusion and Health.
Students may spend one, two or three years within the Department, depending on their Transition plans. All students have a personalised learning programme built around what is important to them, and for them, and which works towards preparing them for longer term future outcomes. The Transition process is embedded throughout the students programmes, and families and carers will receive support during their time in the department specific to this.
Personalised learning programmes are specific to the needs, interests and aspirations of each individual student. For some this may include accredited courses, (such as Entry Level Functional Maths, English and ICT and Trinity College Arts Award), Work Experience placements and a focus on Independent Living Skills. Other students may have a more physical emphasis within their programme adapted to their Sensory Processing needs, and which may include sessions such as Fitness led sessions, Work Related learning, Rural Skills and other land based activities. Students with more complex needs may have a programme with a stronger emphasis on communication and therapy led sessions. We are also committed to ensuring that our students progress in their confidence as communicators and that they are at the centre of all choice and decision making. As a Department we also work hard to engage our students in creative activities to enrich their learning experiences.
In FE, everyone is actively included and treated with mutual respect. Every student in FE has their views and choices respected whilst still being challenged to achieve and have aspirations. Students are given the skills and experiences to leave school well prepared for their transition to a fulfilling and meaningful life.