Preparation for Adulthood Programme

At Expanse Learning our Preparation for Life and work programme builds upon the key elements of the PFA model. This programme creates effective, meaningful learning opportunities for young people to become more independent as they progress into adulthood.

Students develop their communication skills, increase their control over their environment, improve their social skills, community inclusiveness and learn effective and appropriate ways to express their aspirations.

Students are supported to develop strategies to support their understanding and their ability to express themselves. According to their individual needs, strategies may include:

  • Intensive interaction
  • Objects of reference
  • Photographs
  • Communication devices
  • Signing

Everyday Skills

Launchpad use a practical, hands-on approach to support students to learn essential daily living skills that facilitate their transition from college into the adult world. Practical skills such as cooking, shopping and home management are vital to support students' independence. With support from our staff, students learn about how to keep safe in the community. Students learn skills to help them use public transport accessing places of interest and other community facilities and developing links to their local area, as part of our travel training programme.

Programme Aims

  • Increase the development of varied methods of communication, enabling students to interact with each other, peer groups and wider community outside Launchpad who are significant to them.
  • Support the development of  decision-making skills and an understanding of how to have a greater influence on their environments
  • Enable students to have greater access to their community to improve their social, emotional and wellbeing, helping them to develop self-regulation skills and meet their sensory needs
  • Development of cognitive skills, such as memory and an awareness of cause and effect
  • Have fun in a safe, positive and interactive learning environment

Work Skills and Industry Experiences

All students are given the opportunity to participate in a range of vocational activities that have been differentiated to ensure that they are accessible and inclusive. We use a range a of creative methods that promotes students' enjoyment and fulfilment through participation, enquiry and experimentation, and provides opportunities for students to develop their cognitive skills, affective development, physical skills, personal and social competencies and their awareness of their cultural heritage, values and diversity.

When appropriate, students participate in supported industry tasters and employer visits to build their knowledge of the world of work. Our Vocational subjects give students the opportunity to develop their work-related skills and build their knowledge of employment these placements can be key to demonstrate to employers their ability as prospective employees.

Sensory Support

At Expanse Learning we understand that students with sensory processing difficulties may struggle to respond appropriately to changes within their own body or in their environment, to interact and to act upon the world around them. We provide an educational and therapeutic approach to support students in the following areas through our extensive Health and Care team:

  • Motor skills Attention
  • Cognitive skills Social skills
  • Self-stimulation
  • Functional behaviour