When pupils transition from the Secondary Department to the 14 - 19 Department, there is a real focus of embedding the Preparation for Adulthood outcomes from the EHCP, through our AIMS Curriculum.
The Preparation for Adulthood outcomes are:
- Work, Employment and Further Education
- Independent Living
- Community Inclusion
The structure of the timetable allows students to spend as much time as possible accessing the community, learning in real word environments.
There are a range of curriculum opportunities which promote the Preparation for Adulthood outcomes. These are leisure options, enterprise, community action projects and work experience.
In Leisure students have a choice of the following;
- Outdoor Learning
One day a week, students go to 'work'. The Fordwater 14-19 Department run 6 enterprise businesses covering a range of vocational areas. The enterprise businesses are;
- Pride Productions - Woodwork and creativity
- Falcon Fabrics - Textiles and creativity
- Green Guardians - Horticulture
- Nest Café - Catering and hospitality
- FW ReUse - Woodwork and construction
- Arty-by me - Creativity
Each class within the 14-19 Department run a Community in Action project one day a week. Each term the classes research local projects and organisations where they can contribute to making a difference and giving back to the community. So far projects have included;
- Elevenses, The Community Cuppa - Dementia Support group
- Raising money for the Chichester Foodbank
- Wildlife conservation
- Care packages for Augusta Court residential care home
- Raising money for Ronald MacDonald Trust
Work experience is an integral part of the Fordwater 14 -19 offer.
Each term, the 'Job Board' is updated with work experience positions which are available for students to apply for. Staff support the students to complete an application form in an appropriate media to the individual. This could be a video, application form or recording of digital communication.
Students are then invited to interview via a formal letter encouraging them to dress appropriately for the meeting.
Students prepare a small presentation outlining the qualities they have to fulfil the role.
The impact of the work experience process has enabled students to confidently transfer their skills to community placements and college interviews.
Community Action Project: