Course Subjects

Every Ruskin Mill provision offers a core curriculum of land, craft and performing arts activities, supplemented by a wide variety of enrichment and therapy sessions in both a daytime and residential setting, for up to 52 weeks per year. Each student's programme of study is crafted in order to meet that student's specific educational needs. All activities are towards achieving the potential of the student, whether that is work experience, independent living or further education.

Activities offered at each site are particular to the cultural and geographical history of the location of the provision. These activities are divided into three main subject areas:


In craft sessions, learners develop the ability to focus their attention, co-ordinate their movement and co-operate with others through the craft. By creating craft objects, they create a new sense of their own potential and self-worth.


By working on the land, learners acquire a new relationship to nourishment and respect of nature. Ruskin Mill seed-to-table approach allows to participate in and understand the role that nature plays in human development.

Performing arts

Learners in drama, history of art and music sessions experiment with and share their own creativity with others. They develop confidence and their ability to display the products of their imagination with their peers and community.

Work experience

From the moment of their entry into college, our pathways team are working with students to prepare and place them in work experience settings in line with their aspirations. Beginning in a supported internal environment, students can progress through social enterprises into external work placements.


More than just living skills, residential students learn to create a home. Whether in a team home, with a shared life provider or in an independent flat, learners cultivate the skills necessary to progress towards living more independently.


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