She/he will develop skills for independent living including budgeting, shopping, cooking. Personal hygiene and grooming, housekeeping and general life skills.She/he will develop friendships and social skills and the ability to work in a team.
She/he will also develop skills for employment, gain work experience and independent travel skills where appropriate.
We have a robust anti-bullying policy in place and in practice, we have a very high daily level of safeguarding supervision. Each learner has an allocated key worker with a responsibility for ensuring their daily wellbeing at Works4U.
We have young people with a wide range of barriers to learning and social inclusion including, for example, Autism, Aspergers, Dyslexia, mental health needs, learning disabilities, low self-esteem and other barriers. Our learners work in small groups to cater for their individual learning and support needs.
We offer learners support to achieve qualifications at a level that allows them to work to their maximum ability. This includes a range of opportunities from Entry level 1 up to Level 2/3 and including Maths, English, IT and vocational awards. We also facilitate GCSE’s for young people who aspire to achieve them.
We encourage key workers to have daily contact with parents/carers where the level of support required warrants it. We contact parents/carers each morning where the young person fails to attend without explanation or where we have a cause for concern.
Each learner has a 6 weekly progress and achievement reports, or more often if required and we actively participate in planning meetings and reviews.
A daily register is maintained and as mentioned above parents/carers are notified if an unexplained absence occurs.
Each learner has an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) with clear targets for achievement and outcomes on a range of topics including for example, functional skills (Maths, English, IT) independent living skills, social skills, anger management, behaviour, self-esteem and motivation, healthy living, independent travel etc.
On a monthly basis, we monitor progress against these targets and respond to the learners support needs appropriately.
All learners at Works4U have a transition plan which aims to identify their destination when they leave us. This plan might be to progress to employment, FE/HE or further training. It may also contain targets for moving to independent living with the right kind of support. We work with parents/carers and others to help young people achieve their plan.
Students can achieve entry1, entry2, entry3, level 1; and level 2 in all areas of learning. This will be assessed initially to determine what level the student is working at.
We provide a daily pick up and drop off service. However, because of the cost implications this service needs to be agreed with the Local Authority. We also encourage learners and parents/carers to agree to a package of travel training where it is appropriate.
Part of our funding comes direct from the D of E through the young people’s funding agency with top up for additional high needs support, which is negotiated with the relevant Local Authority.
Yes, as already mentioned, each young person is allocated a key worker who is responsible for daily/weekly contact with the learners parent/carers and for ensuring that the young person’s views, needs and concerns are listened to on a daily basis. The keyworker is also responsible for preparing reports for planning meetings and statutory reviews and for ensuring the young person’s voice is heard at reviews.
When a student starts they will initially be allocated a keyworker who will deal with their induction and basic skills assessments. They will also complete their individual learning plan and liaise with all individuals involved with the young person.
If your child requires daily medication or has special dietary needs or other personal care needs, we will ensure that appropriate daily provision is in place.