My Independence

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About this course

What is My Independence?

My Independence is a suite of four certificated programmes for young people with a range of special educational needs. Mapped to the preparing for adulthood (PfA) pathways, My Independence is ASDAN’s key programme to achieve positive outcomes for young people with an education, health and care plan (EHCP).

The key aims of the My Independence programmes are to raise aspirations and specifically address the needs of young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), severe learning difficulties (SLD) and moderate learning difficulties (MLD) through meaningful and creative learning opportunities.

Each programme provides a real-life context to reward achievement and foster the personal, social and work-related abilities of all learners by focusing on a person-centred planning approach.

My Independence has been created in collaboration with NDTi, nationally recognised experts in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and co-designed with a range of practitioners.

The programmes can be used within an existing curriculum or to shape a curriculum that promotes preparing for adulthood outcomes.

Showcasing the benefits of My Independence

The film below explains how the programme has been designed to help young people with SEND develop a breadth of outcomes required to live independently and achieve good life outcomes.

Engaging programmes for every SEND learner

The four courses in My Independence, illustrated in the image below, provide an engaging curriculum for a wide range of young people with SEND.

Download a flyer outlining the details and benefits of My Independence.

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To teach this course you must have one of these membership types:

  • Qualifications
  • Programmes
  • Programmes Plus

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Who are they for?

There are four My Independence programmes, catering for learners working from pre-Entry level to Entry level 3:

My Independence courses have been developed around the four preparing for adulthood pathways:

  • friends, relationships and community
  • employment
  • good health
  • independent living

Tutor guidance and resources

My Independence learner profile tool

An interactive PowerPoint quiz has been developed to help you identify which My Independence course to choose. Download this learner profile tool PowerPoint, answer the questions and get a recommendation for which My Independence course suits your learners best, based on their needs.

Person-centred planning toolkit

The toolkit can be used across all four My Independence programmes, which contain links to person-centred planning tools that can be used to support the course activities. 

Realising Aspirations and Supporting Aspirations

Comprehensive tutor guidance and resources packs have been created to support Realising Aspirations and Supporting Aspirations. These packs are essential for centres delivering these courses as they contain many of the required resources. An electronic copy of the pack will be made available once a centre has purchased a hard copy.

A Realising Aspirations learner record will be available for purchase for each module within the course. You can download a sample of the learner records within the employment PfA pathway

Exploring Aspirations and Transforming Aspirations 

Learner records will be available to purchase for Exploring Aspirations and Transforming Aspirations. Tutor guidance for both programmes will be provided to centres for free when they attend training and will then be available to download from the members area. 


Realising Aspirations and Supporting Aspirations

  • 17 certificates available in total (one for completion of each module, one for completion of each pathway and one for completion of the full course).
  • An ASDAN printed, embossed certificate can be requested to mark the completion of a full course. The remaining certificates can be downloaded from the ASDAN website.

Exploring Aspirations and Transforming Aspirations

  • Five certificates available in total (one for completion of each pathway and one for completion of the full course).
  • An ASDAN printed, embossed certificate can be requested to mark the completion of a full course. The remaining certificates can be downloaded from the ASDAN website.

Getting started

New to ASDAN?

Your first step is to become a member of ASDAN. Read more about our membership tiers and the benefits of being a member.

Already a member?

If you are on our Programmes Plus membership, you can get started by purchasing materials below. We highly recommend that someone from your centre attends one of our introductory training workshops or we also provide in-house training sessions. 

You can upgrade your membership at any time under account settings.

ASDAN members' area

You can manage your courses, learners, orders and account settings in the members’ area. This also contains all the essential documents, forms and updates that you will need to deliver your course.


Training is available for new and existing members to help staff introduce My Independence into your centre and, where appropriate, support the transition across from the ASDAN Preparing for Adulthood programmes to the new My Independence suite of courses from autumn 2020.

The person-centred planning tools are a key component of all ASDAN’s My Independence courses. These will be provided to centres who attend training, as part of the My Independence tutor guidance and person-centred planning toolkit.

Additional guidance and mapping will be provided during training for centres in Wales and Scotland.

Please contact your relationship manager to register your interest in training or email

CPD meetings

The new framework will be supported by annual professional development meetings (face to face and online).

These meetings will provide opportunities for ongoing development and training for centres, showcasing best practice, networking, collaboration and feedback on portfolios.

These meetings will support centres' ability to self-evaluate their provision against clearly defined measures.

Success stories

My Independence programme boosts PMLD learner’s confidence and community engagement

"You can hit every target and tailor it for your clients. It’s been great and I’ll definitely be delivering My Independence for as long as I can" – Private Tutor, Hannah Thomas

“My Independence gives SEND students the confidence to take control of their own lives.”

“We chose to deliver ASDAN’s new My Independence with this group, and it’s been perfect. It’s filled the gap in our curriculum,” says Phil. “The modules encourage students to start thinking about careers, identity, skills and personal interests."