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Brentwood College

Skills For Life

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Learning and Assessment

Students stay in the College for up to 3 years from when they are 19 to when they are 22. Each subsequent year will be offered on the condition that students are making educational progress. Students are placed on one of our three courses according to their level of learning and desired outcomes.


Each course follows aspects of the ASDAN Towards Independence curriculum. This curriculum has a range of modules in practical and relevant subjects that are suitable for our cohort of learners. Towards Independence is externally moderated and certificated. Students stay in their mixed ability tutor group for registration, some of their lessons and for Brentwood events eg Sports Day. Other lessons are grouped according to course or student choice.


Students continue to have an Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) which sets out the priorities and targets for each term. IEP targets are small step targets which contribute towards students meeting their yearly targets which are derived from their EHC Plan Outcomes. Parents and students  are encouraged to contribute towards identifying and prioritising targets.


Post 19 students with personal care needs have their needs met in College by our trained staff. Medical needs are met by student’s GPs and therapy needs are bought in by College on a needs basis. Currently we have our physiotherapy needs (including hydrotherapy) met by Physiotherapy 4 Life, SALT provided by SLT for Kids and music therapy provided by Nordoff Robbins and our college music teacher. We have strong links with social care and community health teams to support our students and families with any issues.


Recruitment and Selection

Year 14 Reviews, Links, College named on EHCP, Offers made,


Transition and Information Gathering (Year 14 of previous provider)


Baseline Assessment (Initial 6 weeks of academic year) and Report

Independence Skills

Work Skills




Functional Maths/English




Physical and Health

Daily Living skills/ Cookery


B level baselines


Work Experience

Work Skills gained

Travel training

B level baselines



Medical Needs

Personal Care

Staffing Ratios

Risk Assessments for community

Behaviour Plans

Assistive Technology/SALT baseline

B level baselines



B level baselines

Learner Voice – Starting Out module


OT/Physio Assessments Moving and handling assessments



Long Term Goals agreed linked to Outcomes for Adulthood

Set at Annual Review for inclusion in EHCP

Functional Skills

(for students above B4)

Communication and Interaction

All students


Community Access

All students



Sensory Needs

All students


Life Skills for Independence (and Work (if applicable))


Students assigned to Life Skills Study Pathway

Communication, Choice and Control

(Below B4)

Skills for Independence


Skills for Independence and Work



Individualised Timetable

Incorporates study program, work experience, independence skills, enterprise, functional skills including maths and English, support and therapy, leisure and community, personal and social time, extra curricular activities


Yearly Targets set by class teams and broken down into termly IEP targets

Evidence recorded on Evidence for Learning towards termly targets (at key times)


Short Term Targets set within lessons

Evidence towards progress recorded against targets within lessons


Monitoring and Review of Progress

Through regular tutor group time, continuous student and tutor review, termly evaluation of IEPs, termly data harvest

Interventions applied/evaluated for effectiveness


Reporting of Progress

Annual EHC Plan review report for parents/multi-disciplinary teams(AR4), Data analysis termly by Leadership Team


Transition to year 2 or 3 or Exit

(Placement reduces to 4 days in years 2 and 3)

Progress to next level of student program

Day service supported by social services

Supported Work


Independent Living