Students at Futures benefit from a well planned, carefully delivered and thoroughly assessed person-centred programme. This is tailored to reflect their needs and interests, setting key, realistic outcomes, If an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) is in place, the programme will be designed within that framework. Students, parents and social care and health representatives will be invited to plan and review the individual programme,
Each student has a key Worker, who will take a primary role in overseeing their day to day programme and liaise with home via a daily diary / link book (supposing the student is happy to have such a document in place). Their day is then planned using a personal timetable. This plans activities and stipulates which Teaching and Learning Assistant (TLA) will support the student in their 1:1 work throughout that day. In addition to TLAs, teaching staff will design and deliver the more educational elements of the programme via small group sessions.
The core educational elements are Numeracy, Literacy and ICT. We strongly believe that skills in these areas are relevant to all students and represent a solid base on which to deliver the social and life skills work which completes each programme. For most students, this more formal element will make up one third or less of the overall programme but we pride ourselves on flexibility and person-centredness and different students will require and receive different weighting in the elements making up their overall programme.
Social and Living Skills (including communication)
This is a crucial part in our aim to prepare vulnerable people for adulthood. Problems in interacting safely, appropriately and effectively are common in the young adult group and deficits in communication skills often play a big part in that. Working with literacy, ICT and with input – where needed – from an in-house speech and language therapist, we seek to prepare people for everyday interaction, be it building relationships or managing normal everyday interactions (greeting, purchasing, asking for help) with confidence.
Embarking upon a long life of adulthood, we believe that it is imperative that our young people learn to help themselves even in the most mundane and everyday aspects. Our Independent Living Skills, ILS: Domestic sessions are designed to cover everyday housekeeping skills such as laundry, cleaning and safe food storage and preparation, whilst ILS: Community is focussed on the development of social and independence skills in key community settings (shopping, using public transport, libraries, health centres, sports facilities etc).
Speech & Language Therapy (SALT)
At Futures, we employ the services of a qualified therapist to assess and work with students identified via ECHP and assessment as having speech and language-related needs . To learn more about our therapist and the work she is doing here please read further via the following link:
A small but important part of our programme. We like to see our students enjoy themselves whilst putting their developing skills to use. Occasional visits to the cinema, safari park or beach in good weather does wonders for morale and rewards hard work and hard-earned progress.