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My Independence: Transforming Aspirations

About this course

What is Transforming Aspirations?

The Transforming Aspirations course aims to better prepare young people for the next stage in their education and for good life outcomes.

The Transforming Aspirations activities provide opportunities to cover the compulsory national curriculum subjects at Key stage 4 (Computing is not included as a standalone subject but can be covered in the optional open activity within each pathway) and are mapped to the four Preparing for Adulthood pathways (image):

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

This will enable educational providers to link learning opportunities to an individual’s Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) outcomes. The course can both inform the development of outcomes and provide evidence of their achievement.

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 Transforming Aspirations for?

Transforming Aspirations has been developed to meet the needs of learners aged 14–16 with SLD (severe learning difficulties) or MLD (moderate learning difficulties) including young autistic people, who are likely to be on a semi-formal curriculum.

Learner registration and certification

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

A learner registration includes a hard copy or electronic copy of a Learner record.

A pathway progress tracker is provided in the learner record and an online learner progress tracker is available for centres to enter which pathways a learner has completed to demonstrate progress and reward small steps of achievement.

  • Five certificates available in total (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.

Learner record

The learner record contains the course content, each pathway contains 12 subject areas.

A pathway reflection at the end of each pathway allows for learners to say or show what they can do and decide for themselves and what activities they would like to try and be able to do on their own.

The learner record and recording templates can be completed by learner, or by the teacher/tutor on behalf of the learner, using words, symbols or pictures.

Tutor guidance

Tutor guidance for Transforming Aspirations is available to download under Course Resources below.

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. 

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

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.

1. Attend training and support

Centres delivering My Independence must attend introductory training, which includes access to the Person-centred planning toolkit to support the delivery of the courses. Full details and booking forms can be found on the training page. INSET (in-house) training is also available.

Professional development meetings

My Independence is supported by professional development meetings. These face-to-face and online meetings will provide opportunities for ongoing training, showcasing best practice, networking, collaboration and feedback.

Centres will be required to attend a professional development meeting at least once a year. These meetings will enable centres to self-evaluate their provision against clearly defined measures; centres will not be able to claim full course certificates unless they have attended a meeting.

Dates for 2020-2021 professional development meetings will be confirmed in due course.

2. Purchase learner registrations

Learner registrations should be purchased at the start of the course using the link to the tutor portal below. A learner registration lasts for as long as it takes the learner to complete the course (up to five years).

Each learner will need their own registration for their chosen course, which will include:

  • Exploring Aspirations - learner record, with course content and recording sheet templates
  • Transforming Aspirations - learner record, with course content and recording sheet templates
  • Realising Aspirations - learner records for three modules, with recording sheet templates
  • Supporting Aspirations – no learner facing materials

Centres can purchase tutor reference copies of learner records.

3. Access guidance and resources

Centres can purchase My Independence resources below. This includes Realising Aspirations and Supporting Aspirations Tutor resource packs, tutor reference copies of learner records, learner evidence binders and pathway stickers.

4. Check and moderate

My Independence is internally moderated; centres will not be able to claim full course certificates unless they have attended a professional development meeting.

Centres should carry out regular internal quality assurance checks. 

5. Certification

Centres should use the online progress tracker to record learner achievements throughout their chosen course(s).

Interim certificates can be downloaded for:

  • completion of modules (Realising Aspirations and Supporting Aspirations)
  • completion of each Preparing for Adulthood pathway (all courses)

Printed course certificates are available to learners who have completed all four pathways in their chosen course. Centres will not be able to claim full course certificates unless they have attended a professional development meeting.

Costs

Item Price
Transforming Aspirations learner record (tutor copy)   £16.80

Products can be purchased below.

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

  • Programmes Plus
  • Qualifications
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Products

My Independence learner evidence binder

This learner evidence binder supports the delivery of My Independence, a group of four programmes designed to meet the needs of young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Centres can use this sturdy, two-hole binder to store learner evidence and pages from the learner record resources. The binder features a pocket on the inside front cover and a pocket on the spine to insert a name label. This product also includes a sheet of My Independence pathway stickers and tabbed dividers for the four preparing for adulthood pathways.

£5.80

My Independence pathway stickers

This resource includes five sheets of 24 stickers (120 total), with some stickers in full colour and some with outlines that learners can colour in themselves.

Centres can use these stickers to reward learner achievements or label learner evidence across the four preparing for adulthood pathways.

£3.80

Transforming Aspirations learner record (tutor copy)

Please note that this product is for tutor reference only and centres may purchase a maximum of five copies.

This tutor reference copy should not be completed by learners; a copy of the learner record is included as part of the learner registration fee. Centres should purchase learner registrations (one per learner) at the start of the course, which includes access to learner materials and certification.

This learner record includes:

  • activities for all four pathways (friends, relationships and community; good health; independent living; employment)
  • pathway reflection templates for all four pathways

This learner record resource is presented as hole-punched sheets, to be inserted into learners’ portfolios. A My Independence learner evidence binder is available for centres to purchase to store learner records and learner evidence.

£16.80
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My Independence learner evidence binder

This learner evidence binder supports the delivery of My Independence, a group of four programmes designed to meet the needs of young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Centres can use this sturdy, two-hole binder to store learner evidence and pages from the learner record resources. The binder features a pocket on the inside front cover and a pocket on the spine to insert a name label. This product also includes a sheet of My Independence pathway stickers and tabbed dividers for the four preparing for adulthood pathways.

£5.80

My Independence pathway stickers

This resource includes five sheets of 24 stickers (120 total), with some stickers in full colour and some with outlines that learners can colour in themselves.

Centres can use these stickers to reward learner achievements or label learner evidence across the four preparing for adulthood pathways.

£3.80

Transforming Aspirations learner record (tutor copy)

Please note that this product is for tutor reference only and centres may purchase a maximum of five copies.

This tutor reference copy should not be completed by learners; a copy of the learner record is included as part of the learner registration fee. Centres should purchase learner registrations (one per learner) at the start of the course, which includes access to learner materials and certification.

This learner record includes:

  • activities for all four pathways (friends, relationships and community; good health; independent living; employment)
  • pathway reflection templates for all four pathways

This learner record resource is presented as hole-punched sheets, to be inserted into learners’ portfolios. A My Independence learner evidence binder is available for centres to purchase to store learner records and learner evidence.

£16.80
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