Curriculum Offer and Services

Services and programmes of study

Sense College provides two different services within the centres:

  • An Education Programme, consisting of a more formalised approach to learning for young people and adults aged between 16 and 25 years old.
  • An Everyday Living Programme, which provides day services and activities for adults aged 18 and upwards from a social care perspective.

A student and teacher in classroom

Education Programme

Learners on our Education Programme follow a formalised learning programme, in conjunction with their Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) and funded via the Education Funding Authority (EFA)/Local Authority Element 3. Each learner is allocated an Education Coordinator who acts as their personal tutor throughout the education programme. Working alongside each learner they set and monitor progress/achievement against individualised curriculum targets and accreditation routes.

The Education Programme operates across 38 weeks within the academic year between September and July.

A student performing deafblind manual in a classroom

Everyday Living Programme

Individuals on our Everyday Living Programme can access our day services on a flexible basis to suit their needs. Each individual is allocated a keyworker/mentor to coordinate their service and person centred reviews.

Attendance can be from half a day a week to full five days a week, across 45 weeks of the year, which can be funded via social care, health care or personal budgets.

Curriculum

Learning, achievement and attainment delivered through a curriculum that focus on communication, sensory and social development, mobility and the world of work. The curriculum is delivered by staff trained in meeting the needs of learners who are deafblind and/or have sensory or learning difficulties.

Sense College Curriculum

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A commitment to quality

Our aim is for learners to lead fulfilling adult lives, achieve their potential and live with dignity and respect. We do this by working with learners to help them to:

  • Develop their confidence, independence and self-advocacy skills
  • Make sense of the world around them
  • Establish and sustain meaningful relationships
  • Communicate effectively, using alternative forms of communication where appropriate
  • Support them in making choices
  • Play an active part in their local community, including leisure activities
  • Experience other forms of learning or experience if they wish – such as social enterprise activities and supported work placements
  • Direct the care and support they receive.

A student and teacher using sensory communicationTotal communication

The College recognises the need for a total communication approach with our learners. This means that individuals are supported to use whichever communication methods that are appropriate for them. Our goal is to support and encourage meaningful interaction that may lead towards the development of language.

We are committed to developing communication, in the context of interaction with others, within a secure environment. Through real and relevant everyday practical activities and structured routines, we respond consistently to learners’ methods of communication. Communication and decision making are priorities to enable individuals to be full and active members of society.

“ Since our son has started at Sense College, we have noticed a massive difference in the progress of his learning and an equally positive difference in his behaviour. As a family, all our lives have improved.”  Student, Dan’s mother

A Person Centred Plan (PCP) for each learner

We use Person Centred Thinking Tools to support our provision of a person centred service and working with the individual an individual learning plan is developed with each person. This has clear aims, objectives and strategies for learning and recognising achievements – with regular progress reviews. To support each individual’s learning we (in partnership with other professionals where appropriate) assess their:

  • Functional vision and hearing
  • Communication
  • Behaviour
  • Mobility
  • Health

A girl using a computerThe College provides a range of sensory focused activities for learners that stimulate and encourage learning, whilst providing a real sense of enjoyment. These take place in the College centres and the wider community, including:

  • Creative arts – art, pottery, photography, dance and movement, music, sound bath, drumming, interactive story-telling and drama
  • Leisure activities – swimming, horse riding, sports clubs, bowling, ice skating, gym, tobogganing, cycling and snooker
  • Pre-vocational activities – including pottery, ceramics, woodwork, textiles, social enterprise schemes and supported work placements
  • Therapies – physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, movement and mobility, intensive interaction, music, rebound therapy and animal therapy
  • Extra-curricular activities – such as trips to the theatre, sporting events, sailing, boat trips and field trips

An excellent staff team

The College recognises the importance of a professionally qualified education team that are committed to offering exceptional standards of education provision and care for each learner. Professional development is a key priority. We ensure that all staff are provided with skills and knowledge of multi-sensory impairment, total communication, disability, syndromes and complex medical conditions associated with our learners’ individual needs.

First published: Monday 5 September 2016
Updated: Monday 20 March 2017