The college recognises that all the students are unique and that they have different interests, strengths, abilities and needs. The college provides each student with an individualised learning programme that is tailored to them.
The college provides a wide range of sessions and innovative programmes to capture interests and harness their skills, in order to further develop the students’ learning. A dominant learning factor for all students at Homefield is to become more independent in all aspects of their life. All students are provided with support in Personal and Social Development. Many of the students have useful skills, but at times the barrier to using these effectively is linked to issues over personal development. Often our students have great difficulty in this element of the curriculum. This applies particularly to those on the autistic spectrum so this learning is essential if students are to realise their potential.
All students are assessed as to their individual support needs- these tend to range from being provided 1:1 support to being provided 1:3 support We use community based facilities for leisure activities e.g. swimming pools, gyms, fitness classes, sports halls, golf ranges, bowling centres, outdoor pursuits, driving, horse riding, boating, museums, country parks, zoos, etc All students have at least one CEIAG session per week appropriate to their needs. All students for whom it is agreed that it is appropriate have access to sessions in the community to equip them with key skills associated with employability and citizenship. IAG is very much embedded into the curriculum. All students have a vocational element on their timetable. Almost all students experience an externally provided work experience. All students access the community weekly. All have a vocational element on their programme.
Life & Independence Skills
All students learn daily living skills and increased independence building on their previous experience and knowledge to achieve their full potential. They learn to plan and cook meals, to shop, look after a living space and to live with others. They learn to access the community safely; develop road safety, to use public transport, use banks, libraries and leisure centres as well as eating in cafes and restaurants. They learn about healthy living and access sports and recreational facilities. They learn to occupy their time during unstructured times. They also experience a wide range of leisure activities at the evenings and weekends. Learning Independent Living Skills in a natural and "real" location - sharing skills and learning to resolve disagreements - is a key area of learning for all students, and one of the major advantages of being in a residential setting.
We provide students with access to Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Drama Therapy, Music Therapy. The College uses facilities at New Leaf Triangle, providing vocational and sensory at a farm location. All students learn Literacy, Numeracy & Communication which is embedded within the learning.
Each week we recognise individual student achievement across the whole student body. Every end of term there is an event to highlight the individual achievement of each and every student - at the end of the academic year this takes the form of a larger celebration of all student's individual achievements.
Each year there is at least one student review where parents are crucial in helping the college professionals and external professionals e.g. social worker to review the progress of a student and to make any changes to the student's timetabled provision. We provide access to a bursary scheme for financial support and offer residential experiences. Post college we are able to offer residential care or supported living.
The outcome of the last inspection was- Overall effectiveness – GOOD, Outcomes for Learners – GOOD, Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment – Good and Effectiveness of Leadership and Management- GOOD
All staff working directly with students receive training and support to work with individuals on the autism spectrum, SLD, MLD, communication and those with behavioural difficulties. In addition, they all have training in Autism and safeguarding and externally accredited training (Team Teach) in techniques associated with deescalation of challenging behaviour.
There are opportunities for staff to complete - Makaton, MCA and DoLs, first aid, epilepsy, equality and diversity, health and safety and Basic food hygiene where appropriate. the College also supports relevant qualifications for certain roles such as SENCO, Dtlls, Ctlls, advanced autism and QCF level 2, 3 and 5 in health and social care.