All Secondary Applied students follow a rigorous Core Curriculum of English, Maths, Science and ICT. They also study for ASDAN qualifications through a skills based programme, Independent Awards, where they gain a range of skills including working as part of a team, reflecting on learning, planning and reviewing the execution of a given challenge and giving an oral presentation. Students with higher needs follow a Towards Independence programme. From 16 plus, students join the GROW (getting ready for the outside world) curriculum where they will explore options for a career and experience a range of work placements, eg British Council, Adwinsa Publications, East Legon Garden Centre, Casamora Hotel. The Multiple Disciplinary Team, including Careers Counsellors, Physical, Speech and Language and Occupational Therapists and Dance Therapists work with students both in and out of class.
ASDAN qualifications and programmes are approved by DfE (Department for Education and Science UK) and Ofqual (Official Qualifications Council) for use in schools and are valued for the impact they have on student achievement.
ASDAN programmes and qualifications prove helpful to young people to achieve more in their other subjects – research findings indicate that students exceed expectations in GCSE subjects (e.g. English) when their curriculum is supported by qualifications such as the ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE).
ASDAN is committed to developing approaches, resources, programmes and qualifications that support the learning journey and help make young people work-ready and life-ready.
"Teachers need the tools to motivate, engage and inspire all learners throughout the 14-19 education experience, to help them develop skills for employment and skills for life. Students need their personal development to be recognised and accredited, to build confidence and self-esteem. We firmly believe students are best served by activity-based learning, applying and practising skills, reinforced by guided reflection, rather than through introducing external assessment and grading for the purposes of headline performance measures. We know many students, teachers, parents and employers agree". (www.asdan.org.uk)
This approach is in line with our mission to provide an enabling learning environment for every student.