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What is a Study Programme….

Expanse Learning are specialists in Preparing for Adulthood. The term “Preparing for Adulthood” is used to describe the process of moving from childhood into adulthood. Young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) should have equal life chances as they move into adulthood.

For students at Expanse Learning who choose to study at our Launchpad SEND College, Study Programmes are personalised programmes of learning which help to increase their skills for employment and independent living, and are delivered via the student’s chosen vocational area at Expanse Learning.

Study Programmes consist of three key parts, the weighting of each part depends on the individual need of the student, and provides them with a personalised programme:

  • Development of vocationally specific work skills with accreditation where appropriate
  • Programme of work experience
  • Development of English and maths / functional skills

Are there different types of Study Programme at Launchpad?

Yes, Launchpad SEND programmes consist of four pathways, again the weighting of each part depends on the individual need of the student and their intended outcomes.

Whilst building on existing skills, Study Programmes will stretch and challenge students to allow them to progress towards their intended outcomes. Their personalised Study Programme will provide work experience opportunities as well as working on the basics such as English, maths and working with others to increase their confidence and employability.

Expanse Learning uses its expertise around communication and promotion of person-thinking to support learners to express their views which are incorporated into their planning and help them to shape their own programmes.

All students have individual timetables that reflect activities to support the achievement of long term goals and their individual preferences. Some students have clear ideas about what they like to do, others need to explore options through first-hand experience.

We will agree short and long terms outcomes to support the progress of the young person in meeting their educational and career aspirations. These steps prepare and support students to achieve the preparing for adulthood outcomes:

  • Education and/or Employment - including exploring different employment options, such as support for becoming self-employed and help from supported employment agencies
  • Independent Living - this means young people have choice, control and freedom over their lives and the support they have, their accommodation and living arrangements, including supported living
  • Participating in society - including having friends and supportive relationships, and participating in, and contributing to, the local community
  • Being as healthy as possible in adult life - ensuring access to the right health professionals who understand the young person’s learning difficulties and disabilities.

What Vocational Subjects can I study at Launchpad?

At Expanse Learning you will choose the programme area in which you would like to specialise and your individual learning programme will be designed for you based on your needs. The vocational subjects you can choose from are:

Additionally, you will have sessions with Personal Development and Independence skills building support your progress towards independence.