Entry & Foundation
Learners will study on the OCR Life and Living Skills, a suite of accredited qualifications under the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF) between Entry Level One and Three. Units will cover a variety of skill areas; including Social skills, pre-employment skills and Personal Skills embedding Literacy and Numeracy, Arts and Crafts, ICT, Environment and Community, Performing Arts and many more subjects.
All classes will embed English and Maths, with discrete lessons for those in higher functioning classes and the use of communication systems like Makaton and PECS to aid learner interaction and engagement. Preparing for Adulthood, Independence and the development of personal self-help skills will also feature within the curriculum, as well as Work Experience and Work-Related Learning.
Learners will also have access to PSHE, cultural, outdoor and enrichment activities throughout the year, including visits in and around the community to help develop social, emotional and independent skills.
Every student will be entered for a Life and Living Skills qualification. These offer more than 150 ‘bite-sized’ Entry Level units over a wide range of skill areas. Any of these units can be combined to build a Life and Living Skills qualification that reflects your individual interests and skills. There are no minimum entry requirements, and the qualifications are suitable for both young people and mature learners, including those with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
The qualifications contain units suitable for learners working at different stages of the Entry 1 Achievement Continuum. A range of differently sized qualifications at Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2 and Entry Level 3 are available. This choice of qualifications allows learners to progress to higher level qualifications or achieve more units at the same level if they are unable to progress to a higher level. They are:
- Introductory Award in Life and Living Skills – 2 credits
- Award in Life and Living Skills – 6 credits
- Extended Award in Life and Living Skills – 9 credits
- Certificate in Life and Living Skills – 13 credits
- Extended Certificate in Life and Living Skills – 25 credits
- Diploma in Life and Living Skills – 37 credits
Support is provided by a permanent team of Learning Support Assistants, based in every class who are trained in First Aid, personal care, Team Teach and communication systems such as PECS and Makaton. Regular training is provided to ensure their skills are up-to-date.
A Multi-Disciplinary Team; inclusive of an Occupational Therapist, Speech & Language Therapist, a Nurse and a Physiotherapist support the department and meet with the Curriculum Leader every fortnight to discuss clinical matters that may impact on the effectiveness and efficiency of the service.
In addition, the Team Manager of Haringey’s Disability Children’s Team and the Curriculum Manager meet every month, to discuss safeguarding matters. Close and well-established links with Haringey’s Social Service and Adult Disability Teams, help with the transition of students aged 18 to Adults Services and address issues which require intervention or referral from the department.
An annual review will take place for each learner over the course of the academic year, with Year 14 (leavers) taking place in November, Year 13 in January and Year 14 (newcomers) in May. The focus of the review is to look over your child or young person's progress in the past year and decide whether the outcomes are still appropriate.
1. Notice. You should be given two weeks’ notice of the review date. You have the right to attend, as does your child or young person.
2. The Meeting. This will be held at the college your child. People who may be at the review meeting include:
• You, as the parent (advocate or translator, if required)
• Your child or young person
• A relevant teacher, the SENCO, or another person responsible for the provision of education for the child or young person
• A representative from the placing local authority
• Any other person who the child/young person, the parent, educational setting or the Local Authority consider appropriate.
3. The Report. If the meeting is held at the school, the staff have two weeks after the meeting to prepare a report and send a copy to everyone who was invited. This report must set out any amendments that were recommended and note whether everyone at the meeting agreed to them or not.
4. The Decision. Based on the review, your local authority must decide if they are going to change anything on the plan, or end the plan entirely – the latter of which should only happen in rare cases. They must let you and the educational setting know within four weeks of the review meeting.
If they aren’t going to change anything, they must tell you about your right to appeal this decision; if they are going to make changes, they should do that without delay.
Information on our Transition ProcessFor more information on the Entry and Foundation studies you should contact:
Director for Inclusion & Opportunity
Local Offer SEND 16- 25
To support our parents/carers of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities, we have provided information known as The Local Offer which signposts SEN provision offered in Haringey for those children and young people.
The information below will focus on specialist SEN provisions and employment programmes between the ages of 16-25 years old.
Specialist SEN Providers
Below is a list of specialist education providers for children and young people with special educational needs.
Area 51 is an Independent Specialist Provider for young people who have severe, complex or profound learning difficulties. They deliver full-time courses in preparation for life and work, enabling our young people to make a successful transition from childhood to adulthood.
You can find out more on the Area 51 website
Ambitious About Autism
TreeHouse School is registered with the Department for Education as a non-maintained special school. The school was founded in 1997 by parents of children with autism. TreeHouse School provides children with the specialist, intensive and integrated support to enable them to learn, thrive and achieve.
You can find out more about TreeHouse on their website
Action for Kids
Action For Kids has been helping transform the lives of young people with physical and learning disabilities, across the country, since 1991, through the provision of mobility equipment, learning, training and support.
You can find out more on theAction For Kids website
Barnet and Southgate College
Barnet and Southgate College’s Supported Learning Department based in the new Centre of Excellence helps learners develop vital communication, independent living and work skills to equip them with the best chance of being economically active and building a life in their local communities.
You can find more on the Barnet and Southgate website
The Harington Scheme
The Harington scheme provides training for people with learning disabilities and other support needs in horticulture and retail.
You can find more on the Harington Scheme website
The Holmewood School
Private school for young people up to 19 years old with high-functioning autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and other language, communication and social difficulties. Includes students funded through their EHC plan.
You can find more on the Holmewood School website
Southover Partnership is a group of private schools which offer full time education placements for students with statements and Education and Health Care (EHC) plans up to 19 years old. For young people on the autistic spectrum, have ADHS PDA, and other social, emotional or mental health needs.
You can find more on the Southover Partnership website
Development and Learning Opportunities (DALO)
DALO provides a programme for young people with learning disabilities. This can be funded by social services as part of your support plan
You can find more on the DALO website
New City College – Hackney
New City College, Hackney run variety of courses are wrapped up with additional hours to focus on independent living skills. These include skills such as travel training, alongside speech and language development and educational psychology support with specialists who our students love to work with.
You can find more on the New City College website
Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a recognised qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience.
Anyone living in England, over 16 years old and not in full-time education can apply to be an apprentice.
Traineeships provide a mixture of learning and work experience for young people aged 16-25 who may not be sure what they want to do, or whether they have the skills and understanding that employers might be asking for. Many colleges and training providers offer a range of traineeships or supported internships and mentoring.
You can also find out more on the traineeships website
Young people with special educational needs or disabilities who need information, advice and guidance on a range of issues including careers can visit:
Mencap: Bell Brewery, 676 High Road, Tottenham - email: email@example.com or tel: 020 8365 0251
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 020 8365 5138
Action for Kids: Ability House, 15A Tottenham Lane, Hornsey N8 9DJ - call on 020 8347 8111 or text on 07949 245 131
You can call or contact them directly. If you have an education health and care plan, you can ask your SEN officer to send on your plan to the organisation to help them understand your needs better and show your strengths and areas you might find challenging.
Haringey Local Authority also has a team of Adult Employment and Learning Advisers who are professionally qualified to:
Help adults at any stage in their lives, to make the right choices about skills, careers, and qualifications
Support all learners on a Haringey Adult Learning Service (HALS) course to help them get the best out of their course, and plan what they want to do after their course
You can find out more on the HALS webpages.