There are more than 70 modules to choose from, and the first of these – Starting Out – is mandatory. The Starting Out module enables learners to be helped to recognise achievements and plan targets and challenges, which can then be developed through further modules.
Levels of support are used to show how the learner has achieved the activity. They show individual progression and differentiation between learners:
- Experience recorded
- Gestural help
- No help
- Physical help
- Sensory experience
- Spoken/signed help
Additionally, there is an opportunity to record students' achievements by allocating a P level or other descriptor to their work, as appropriate.
The modules can be divided into the following themes: Communication and numeracy; Creative studies; Cultural; Independent living; Leisure, recreation and sport; Personal development, PSHE and citizenship; Work related; Modules particularly suitable for learners with PMLD. There are more than 70 modules available; see the full list of Towards Independence modules.
Each learner will need their own copy of the relevant module book, which registered centres can buy online. Sample pages from selected modules are available to download:
A Towards Independence Tutor Guidance and Resources folder is available to buy, which includes an overview of the programme, photocopiable resources, ideas for gathering evidence, and answers to frequently asked questions.
In addition, the Module Reference Booklet contains the curriculum for every module and will help tutors plan which modules are most suitable for their learners.
ASDAN members area
Once your centre is registered with ASDAN for Towards 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.
After students' work has been internally moderated, centres must register candidates for external moderation, which is carried out at a regional moderation meeting or by post. ASDAN will issue certificates following successful external moderation.
All student book, certification and registration prices shown below are per learner, unless otherwise stated.
|TI Starting Out module and folder (mandatory, one per learner)
|TI additional modules (per module, one per learner)
|Towards Independence certification (per learner)
|TI module reference booklet (optional, for tutor reference)
|TI tutor guidance and resources (optional)
All prices valid from 1 September 2018 until 31 August 2019. Prices are shown exclusive of VAT.