Three Stage Curriculum
Integrated Learning for Living and Work in Residential and Daytime Provision
Hundreds of students have benefitted from the Trust’s innovative Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE) method that draws its inspiration from the insights of Rudolf Steiner, John Ruskin and William Morris. PSTE enables each curriculum to offer an exciting and wide range of course subjects that gives students the opportunity to overcome barriers to learning, become skilled through doing real-life purposeful activities and engage as valued members of their community.
The progress of learners through the Practical Skills Therapeutic Educational Programme is evidencing by the Three Stage Curriculum.
The three stages track the learners as they achieve levels of work-readiness and independent living skills:
Stage 1 - Overcoming barriers to learning
Through our apprenticeship model, students are helped to identify and work through their barriers to learning and other authority issues.
By supporting them to engage with practical skills and communicate both challenges and achievement, young people learn the first steps in following instructions, respecting social boundaries and observing safety protocols.
Stage 2 - Becoming skilled
As confidence and self-respect grow through practical and social achievement, levels of support are reduced according to need while simultaneously offering new challenges to widen their skill-base.
This includes a variety of internal work experience, accreditation and qualification opportunities to support their goals to future work and independent living.
Stage 3 - Contributing to community
This stage is focussed on outward-facing social and vocational enterprises and opportunities offered through both the day and residential programmes.
External work experience, social enterprises, leisure programmes, living skills, cultural and social activities are all tied into their goals and pathways through college and transition out into their communities.
The three-stage curriculum is translated into a bespoke study plan for the student aligning to agreed outcomes and integrated into both day and residential provision, as appropriate.
It is important to note that the student’s movement through the three stages is not timebound but driven by the student’s own ability.