For many students, coming to college will be a huge step. It is a step from childhood to adulthood and which will involve many changes, new freedoms and responsibilities. It will mean students adjusting to the changes, making more decisions for themselves and gaining greater independence in their life and learning.
Helping students progress to their next step
Our Inclusive Learning courses are designed to help students plan for the future and progress to their next steps. Small bespoke group learning is delivered by a team of dedicates staff across our campuses.
We recognise the challenges that our Inclusive Learning students face and we ensure that we provide the right level of support and encouragement to meet each individuals needs.
Whilst on our courses, students have access to a range of teaching methods, resources and facilities that support their learning journey and progression through to adulthood. Progression could be onto further study, pre-employment provision, directly into employment or on to supported living/community-based options. Our course leaders work with their students to identify skills and strengths, areas of interest and potential progression routes.
Inclusive Learning courses at Easton College
Whatever you're aiming for, we have a variety of study options for you to help you achieve your future goals.
Our Future Choices course supports students with complex needs to develop their communication, social and independence skills in a small group environment. Students access a flexible curriculum that supports the development of their literacy and numeracy skills, and which allows them to practice everyday life skills in real-life contexts. Alongside this, students undertake a range of other subjects which enable them to develop their decision-making skills, build their confidence and cope with the everyday challenges that life may bring. Each student is set specific developmental targets which supports them to make progress against their EHCP outcomes.
Skills for Life
Our Skills for Life course provides students with the opportunity to develop the key confidence and independence skills required for a new college environment and for later life. Through a range of topics and outdoor based learning activities students have frequent opportunities to develop and practice their communication and social skills, make decisions, become more independent learners and prepare for their next steps.
Pathway to Independence
Our Pathway to Independence course offers students the opportunity to develop the key communication, confidence and life skills required for a future life beyond college. Students have regular opportunities to learn outside of the classroom and across the campus and are supported to develop their independence, decision making and coping skills ready for later life.
Personal and Social Pathway
Our Personal and Social Pathway is designed to support students to gain confidence, develop personal values and responsibility and gain the independence skills required for adult life. The curriculum develops the skills required for students to stay safe, build relationships and to work effectively with others so that they are prepared for their next steps after college.
As the starting point of our employment pathway, our Rural Enterprise course is the first step towards building the confidence, skills and knowledge required to work in the future. This course will provide students with a range of outdoor practical learning opportunities which support the development of customer service and team working skills. Students on this course will be supported by the Course Leader and Job Coach to plan and run enterprise services which have an outdoor focus such as growing plants to sell and running pop up stalls within the Bistro Café.
As one of our courses on our employment pathway, our Easton Ticket course aims to prepare students for a successful future in employment. This course will provide students with the knowledge, skills and practical work experience opportunities to become highly effective and successful employees within the workplace. Students will work with the Course Leader and Job Coach to source and undertake group and individual work experience opportunities.
This course is ideal for students who like working outdoors and who would like to start gaining skills to work within this sector.
Work Matters - Agri/Land
Our Agri-Land supported internship is predominantly based in a host employer and provides real-life work experience at one of our local employer sites. Students who undertake this Supported Internship will be based at either Whitlingham Country Park or at the John Innes Centre for 3 days a week. They will undertake a range of placements based on the employers requirements and get the opportunity to undertake any required tickets or qualifications. Alongside their work experience at our host employers, students will also work on the college site at our New Tree Nursery and spend a day in the classroom learning employability skills whilst continuing to develop their Maths and English skills. The aim of a supported internship is to gain employment either during or by the end of programme.
Our MINT programme is designed for young people who are aged 16-25 who have a barrier to employment. Once referred to the service each young person is assigned their own Job Coach. The Job Coach will work closely with the young person and tailor their support and training to meet their needs. This generally involves the young person taking part in 1:1s and group training sessions, and being supported to create CVs, apply for jobs and attend interviews. In addition to this young people can undertake 12-week pre-employment courses which are themed according to sectors and combine training and work experience with local employers. Many of our young people are successful in gaining work through this programme which is something we are incredibly proud of.
Our Vocational Pathway is for students who have a keen interest in animals of all sizes and who may wish to progress onto further study in land/animal curriculum areas. Students will have the opportunity to develop their work skills on the farm and in the small animal management centre. The course also ensures that students develop key life skills for a future life beyond college.
Our Future Aspirations course is designed to support students with social anxiety and who may have had difficulty accessing education in the past. The course enables students to become more responsible, self-confident and develop the pro-active skills required to make informed decision about their future options. Students will develop skills for future study and work so that they are more prepared for their chosen next steps.