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SEND provision

ASDAN provides programmes and qualifications for learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Our courses have been developed for learners with a wide range of learning needs and abilities and provide meaningful outcomes through a person-centred approach that prepares learners for adult life.

Where can these courses be delivered?

These courses might be of interest to:

  • special schools
  • mainstream schools (SEN units, specialist resourced provision)
  • alternative provision
  • academies
  • specialist colleges
  • FE colleges
  • training providers
  • local authorities

SEND programmes: 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. 

SEND programme: Lifeskills Challenge

Lifeskills Challenge enables centres to meet individual needs by providing a personalised curriculum for young people with SEND. Topics include employability; independent living; out in the community; PSHE; and sport and fitness. 

SEND qualifications

ASDAN qualifications support learners' aspirations from being able to live as independently as possible through to developing the skills to gain employment. They are approved and regulated in England (Ofqual), Wales (Qualifications Wales) and Northern Ireland (CCEA) and are supported by high quality resources. Our qualifications, which include Employability, Personal Progress and Personal and Social Development, are portfolio-based and are moderated externally by post.

SEND Code of Practice

ASDAN's SEND courses support the achievement of the four preparing for adulthood outcomes, outlined in the SEND Code of Practice for England. These are:

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

As well as preparing young people for adulthood from the earliest years, special schools in England must ensure their curriculum meets the four broad areas of need. These are:

  • communication and interaction
  • cognition and learning
  • social, emotional and mental health
  • sensory and physical need

The four broad areas of need are a pre-requisite to planning a curriculum for the learner and they provide a holistic and balanced approach to personalised learning. Download our guide to addressing SEND areas of need.

Meeting Ofsted requirements

Our SEND programmes and qualifications help centres meet many Ofsted requirements, including:

  • developing self-confidence, self-awareness and understanding of how to be a successful learner
  • gaining employability skills so that learners are well prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training
  • understanding how to keep themselves safe from risks such as abuse, sexual exploitation and extremism, including when using the internet and social media
  • knowledge of how to keep themselves healthy, both emotionally and physically, including through exercising and healthy eating
  • personal development, so that learners are well prepared to respect others and contribute to wider society
Registration status
E-portfolio access

Employability Award and Certificate-sized qualifications from Entry 2 to Level 2

Exploring Aspirations Programme for learners with SEND aged 11-14

Focus Modules to support SEND learners aged 14+

Lifeskills Challenge Online resource for personalised learning and progression

My Independence Curriculum programmes for learners with SEND aged 11-25

New Horizons SEND curriculum programme designed for ages 9-13

Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver, Gold) - 60 to 180-hour curriculum programme designed for ages 14-16+

Personal Progress Award, Certificate, Extended Certificate and Diploma-sized qualifications at Entry 1

Personal and Social Development (PSD) - Award and Certificate-sized qualifications at Entry 1-3 and Levels 1 and 2

Preparing for Adulthood programmes (SEND) (SEND) - SEND-focused curriculum programmes for all ages

Raising Aspirations Modules to support SEND learners aged 13 and under

Realising Aspirations Programme for learners with SEND aged 14+

Supporting Aspirations Programme for learners with PMLD

Towards Independence SEND curriculum programme designed for ages 14+

Transforming Aspirations Programme for learners with SEND aged 14–16

Transition Challenge SEND curriculum programme designed for ages 14-16

Workright SEND curriculum programme designed for ages 14+

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