Catering for all abilities

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Heol GoffaHeol Goffa is a special school for 13-19 year olds, serving the county of Carmarthenshire in Wales. Towards Independence (TI) was first introduced in 1993 to a small number of senior students and staff quickly recognised just how flexible the modules are, with lots of scope for personalisation. Transition Challenge (TC) was introduced soon after and now all students aged 14-16 work towards this programme. It has also been adapted to meet the needs of PMLD pupils, who require a sensory approach to learning.

ASDAN’s Preparing for Adulthood programmes complement the school curriculum, termly themes and initiatives. There are currently 40 students following TI or TC modules. Pupils have accessed Eco-School activities through community-based modules such as Citizenship, The Environment and Horticulture. Other activities have included taking part in a role-play wedding scenario, running a youth club snack shop and creating a short animated film with a visiting media crew to promote recycling.

A visually impaired student in the PMLD class has been learning about the Spanish La Tomatina Festival as part of the Modern Foreign Language TC module (pictured). She enjoyed a sensory experience, feeling, smelling and tasting the tomatoes!

The School's ASDAN Co-ordinator, Lynda Beazley, commented: "It is so important that pupils can achieve accreditation for all levels of ability and understanding. We are delighted to offer these excellent programmes, which engage and empower our pupils through varied activities."