Arbour House offers a curriculum that prepares students for adulthood through an appropriate assessed route to independence. We use the ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ framework pathways of Good Health, Employment, Independent living and housing and Friends, relationships & community.
Our programmes of study are bespoke, flexible and designed to enable students to reach their EHC outcomes and aspirations.
Functional skills are practical skills in English, Mathematics and Information Communication Technology (ICT) that allow individuals to work confidently, effectively and independently in life.
Students are able to further develop these skills and gain OCR Entry Level qualifications as well as Level 1 and 2 depending on prior assessment.
The college uses Life-Centred education a modular based learning platform for teaching independent living, interpersonal and self- determination and employment skills. These module are quality assured through Life-Centred education and provide progression to independence.
The College works with small privately owned businesses, regional employers as well as other educational establishments to provide a wide range of experiences within our local area. The College uses the interests and aspirations of students along with an understanding of the local labour market to identify potential work experience providers.
All our potential work experience providers are offered training from College staff on how to effectively support our students. We follow a TEACCH model of support for students embarking on work experience.
Models of Support
In an effort to provide each individual with the greatest chance of obtaining and maintaining successful, competitive employment, the TEACCH® Supported Employment Program has developed four models of support: One-to-One Placement, Mobile Crew, Group Shared Support Site, and Standard Placement.
Each of these models incorporates the use of a “job coach,” a trained professional, who provides on-going support for the individual. The job coach follows the TEACCH philosophy to implement intervention strategies to teach the individual the necessary vocational and social skills required in the employment setting. Job Coaches also educate co-workers and supervisors about disability and autism, and act as liaisons between the individuals and their employers.
For more information, please contact us at:
Tel: 01305 781400