What will I learn?
As well as completing the Weston House individualised Social Development, Independent Living Skills and Transition to Adulthood Programme through the evenings, our learners will also follow a college course during the day.
There is a wide range of courses on offer and these can match all ability levels from Pre-entry credit courses to Higher Education. We will find a suitable and realistic personalised Progression Route for each learner to extend and develop their learning, whatever their individual “starting point” may be.
Many learners move from the discrete Independent Living Skills provision to mainstream or supported vocational courses as their ability is revealed and nurtured in this setting. We strive to help each learner reach their full individual potential in the time they spend with us through our integrated day and evening approach.
We have five discrete courses within our Independent Living Skills department: Work Skills, Life and Living Skills, Personal Progress (Transition group), Employability Skills and Independent Living Skills.
Our learners consistently exceed their expected and predicted levels of achievement, and often their personal aspiration, in both social skills and academic performance.
They also have lots of opportunities to put the skills they learn in the classroom to good use in their daily social activities. For example, our staff support them to apply their work on Numeracy or coin recognition when going out and about shopping or paying for entry to the cinema.
Our aim is for the young adults who reside with us to “be all that they can be”. This means developing their potential through synergy with the day educational programmes and qualifications the learners study for. Therefore, there will be close dialogue and discussion on target setting between the academic staff, the Weston House Manager and the Care and Support Staff teams to ensure every learner has a fully integrated programme of day and evening support, education and social development on offer for them. This helps extend our learners’ independence and social confidence and make all learning meaningful for our learners and is designed to help augment and increase any learner’s chances of a more independent life and prepare them for future employment.
Should learners require any specialist equipment, they will receive support with it in the classroom, with additional sessions also offered to support them using specialist software or any adaptations which are required.