Equip to Learn supports individuals through all stages of education and combines this with community skills, development and work experience to enable the member to achieve their full potential.
What issues are experienced?
Many young people who have autism or another learning disability will struggle in education. Be this falling behind with academic work, having difficulties with peer relationships, or because their unique learning style is not being catered for. Often teachers don’t have the time or resources to give these young people the extra support that they need.
How do we address this?
The Equip to Learn programme works in partnership with local colleges to ensure that young people with autism or another learning disability are keeping up to speed with the curriculum and learning vital life skills. Equip also gives individuals a safe space to join in, socialise and form friendships. As part of this programme members can take part in activities like arts and crafts and creative media sessions, as well as other new interests. There’s also the chance for members to undertake a work experience placement, such as horticultural work at the Green Dragon Eco Farm, or retail work at Sainsbury’s. Here, our members learn the skills required for working life and build the foundations for finding paid work in the future.
The Equip to Learn programme provides individual learning packages based on a student’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) Outcomes. Through the transitions process where we are helping move from school to college discussions are held with the student, family and other professionals. An individual programme is created for each learner, encompassing educational (college), vocational (work experience) and social learning (social groups/opportunities).
Students are encouraged to work together and share skills. Team building activities are included in the provision to help develop relationships and friendships. This has led to students meeting in their own social time.