Practical Skills Therapeutic Education offers a three-stage process to measure progress and support our young people to engage in their own development and move forward with their lives. The three stages are key to achieving work readiness and independent living skills.
It is important to note that the student’s movement through the three stages is not time bound but driven by the student’s own ability.
1. Overcoming barriers to learning
Through our contemporary 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 their challenges and achievements, young people learn the first steps in following instructions, respecting social boundaries and observing safety protocols.
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 skills-base. This includes a variety of internal work experience, and accreditation and qualification opportunities to support their goals towards future work and independent living.
3. Contributing to the community
This stage focuses 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 transitioning out into their communities.
The three-stage pathway is translated into a bespoke study plan for each student aligned to agreed outcomes and integrated into both day and residential provision, as appropriate.