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Supporting Aspirations


What is Supporting Aspirations?

The aim of the Supporting Aspirations course is to better prepare young people with PMLD to plan for good life outcomes. It is suitable for delivery across the UK. 

Supporting Aspirations has been developed around the four preparing for adulthood pathways, each pathway comprises three modules:

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

The module outcomes are based on what needs to be in place for a young person with PMLD to plan for the future and make a successful transition to new opportunities at college, adult social care, training programmes, employment or in supported living.

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.

Who is it for?

Supporting Aspirations has been developed to meet the needs of learners with PMLD (profound and multiple learning difficulties) at all ages as appropriate.

Learner registration and certification

Centres will need to purchase a Supporting Aspirations learner registration for each learner.

An online learner progress tracker is available for centres to enter which modules and pathways a learner has completed to demonstrate progress and reward small steps of achievement.

  • 17 certificates available in total (one for completion of each of the twelve modules, one for completion of each of the four pathways 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 four pathway certificates can be downloaded from the ASDAN website.

Resources and materials

Tutor guidance

A comprehensive tutor guidance and resources pack has been created to support Supporting Aspirations. This pack is essential for centres delivering this course as it contains many of the required resources ie pathway profiles, module completion log and module review.

An electronic copy of the pack will be made available once a centre has purchased a hard copy.

This pack is a one-time purchase that will be continually reviewed and updated and these updates will be provided as part of your ASDAN membership.

Centres can combine modules from Realising Aspirations and Supporting Aspirations to meet individual needs

Person-centred planning toolkit

The toolkit can be used across all four My Independence programmes, it contains person-centred planning tools that can be used to support the development of Education, Health and Care Plans and SEND Support Plans. 


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

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.

CPD meetings

My Independence will be supported by free to attend, 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 learner portfolios.

Getting started

For centres new to ASDAN, your first step is to complete the centre registration form. Current ASDAN centres need to ensure that the Short Courses are added to their centre's registration.

Following registration, you will be able to purchase your books and access additional resources and guidance via the members area of this website. ASDAN also provides introductory training workshops and can arrange in-house training.

ASDAN members area

Once your centre is registered with ASDAN for My Independence, you can find further information and resources in the members area. This section of the website contains all the essential documents, forms and updates that you will need to deliver your course.

There is no limit to the number of people from a centre who can register to use the members area. You can create a new user account using the online form. 


All prices shown below are per learner, unless otherwise stated.

Item Price
Exploring Aspirations: Learner registration (includes learner record) £25.95
Transforming Aspirations: Learner registration (includes learner record) £27.95
Realising Aspirations: learner registration (includes learner record for one pathway) £29.95
Realising Aspirations: tutor guidance and resources (full) £295.00 +VAT
Realising Aspirations: tutor guidance and resources (per pathway) £80.00 +VAT
Supporting Aspirations: learner registration £9.95
Supporting Aspirations: tutor guidance and resources (full) £295.00 +VAT
Supporting Aspirations: tutor guidance and resources (per pathway)) £80.00 +VAT


All prices valid from 1 September 2020 until 31 August 2021. Prices are shown exclusive of VAT. 

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