Achieving Lasting Outcomes

Through our unique method of Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE) we are focused on providing holistic learning by role modelling positive relationships in the fields of arts, crafts, agriculture, nutrition, commerce, living skills, and the environment. Our unique method, delivered through day and residential provision offers range of lasting positive outcomes to re-imagine the potential of every individual. Our Schools, Colleges and Gateway programmes have been established to meet the needs of people with a range of complex behavioural needs, learning differences and disabilities, aged 6 and above as outlined in their EHCP (England) CSP (Scotland) and IDP (Wales).

Conditions and disabilities

Our Schools, Colleges and Gateway programmes have been established specifically to support and meet the needs of individuals and their families with a range of diagnosis, of which we work with over 280 diagnosis in total.  Commonly, our students will present or have been diagnosed with one, or a combination of the following conditions:

  • Anxiety
  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • Attachment disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Mental Health Differences
  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome

The benefits of our curriculum

Our Practical Skills and Therapeutic Education pedagogy utilises a craft, land and social enterprise based curriculum to stimulate the development of executive functions, and which embeds Functional Skills (literacy and numeracy) into every area of college life and in residential settings.

This bespoke, person-centred approach enables young people with learning differences to progress through our measurable three-stage pathway towards agreed outcomes

  1. Overcoming barriers to learning
  2. Becoming skilled
  3. Contributing to community

92% of Ruskin Mill Trust young people have made progress measured by the three-stage process assessment framework, incorporating work readiness, community inclusion and managing health and wellbeing (Academic year 2018-2019)

Why do we use PSTE?

  • To enable each learner to develop their own capacity for self-generated conscious action.
  • Full body motor movements, undertaken as part of our PSTE method, encourage neurological stimulation towards the frontal cortex of the brain. This in turn promotes the development of executive function.
  • A range of therapeutic benefits are afforded by our craft and land based curriculum.
  • Therapies afforded by the PSTE method look to reduce anxieties, therefore unlocking the capacity for learning so that real, holistic development can occur.

How do we do this?

  • By helping each learner to find their own pathway through an individualised and tailored PSTE curriculum.
  • Timetabled sessions take place in practical workshops in place of traditional classroom environments.
  • Every Ruskin Mill Trust provision has a biodynamic farm and/or fisheries attached affording further therapeutic benefits.
  • Practical skills are used and developed by learners in our Social Enterprises, which form part of the curriculum.
  • By offering a flexible, person centred approach to all aspects of school and college life.

Our bespoke curriculum and residential options are flexible. Should you have an enquiry regarding how we can meet the needs of a specific diagnosis then please contact our Admissions Team directly.


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