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CANTO learning

CANTO learning provides education and social care to young people with SEND.
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CANTO learning
Willis House
Tonmead Road
  • Course Length (weeks):
    36 / 52
  • Residential or Day:
  • Start Time:
    September mostly; all year round considered
  • Maximum Number of Students:
  • Age Range:
    16 – 40


General Description

CANTO Learning is a specialist provider that has been working with students with some form of additional for 30+ years.  We offer programmes that are tailored to meet the individual needs of our students accessing both our education and day services provision.  We deliver sessions to a broad range of students in groups of up to a maximum of 8.

Catchment Area

Northamptonshire and the surrounding counties.



Extensive assessment takes place to help us assess which of our four pathways is most appropriate.

Pathway 1 - This is predominately for students that have high needs including communication difficulties.  This pathway provides a rich curriculum which uses sensory exploration to engage students with world around them. It will maximise communication, creativity, specific interests and life skills.  The students take part in activities such as community visits, vocational skills, use of money, and safe travel to shape their aspirations for adulthood.

Pathway 2 - Aimed at students working above Entry Level 1, the focus is on independence and life skills but with enhanced support.  Students undertake functional skills, ICT and sessions focused on building self-confidence in preparation for adulthood.  Students have the opportunity to access the community in a variety of activities including travel training.

Pathway 3 - Students in this pathway are usually working at Entry Level 2.  It has similarities with pathway 2 but introduces options such as volunteering in an external work experience, for the students to build confidence in the work place and gain transferable skills.

Pathway 4 - Aimed at preparing students for the world of work students take part in an external work placement supported by a job coach and gives opportunity to build academic achievement.  Students will also build on their independent living skills.  It is expected that students will access further education, supported internships or work from this pathway.

Day Services Provision

Students are able to choose from a wide range of workshops dependent on their interests and abilities.  Some of these sessions are focused on wellbeing, communication and independent living skills whilst others are more practically based.  These include animal care, music, drama, dance, horticulture, art, photography, cookery, wood work and opportunity to work in our coffee shop. 


Specialist Facilities

We have over the last 30 years gained a wide range of experience amongst our staff team of working with a wide range of need including:

Moderate learning difficulties

Austism Spectrum Disorder

Communication Difficulties


Specific learning difficulties such as Downs syndrome, ADHD

Students with medical conditions such as epilepsy.

Other Information

Travel Training

Guidance Services (IAG)

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