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Thornbeck College - North East Autism Society

Personalised learning programmes for learners with autism and neurodiversity designed to increase social and economic inclusion.
The learner is in a cookery session.  The learner is using a set of scales to weigh the flour and a spoon to lift the flour from the scale.
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Address:

Thornbeck College - North East Autism Society
Cedar Drive
Aycliffe
NEWTON AYCLIFFE
County Durham
DL5 6UN
  • Course Length (weeks):
    38
  • Residential or Day:
    Day
  • Start Time:
    Flexible start dates throughout the year
  • Maximum Number of Students:
    40
  • Age Range:
    16 – 25

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General Description

Thornbeck College is an Independent Specialist College that offers personalised learning programmes for learners with autism and neurodiversity, including varying levels of behaviours of concern.  The College offers day placements.  Learners follow programmes that promote their social and economic inclusion.  The College has extensive links with employers to provide meaningful work experience and supported internships.  Flexible start dates are available throughout the year.

Catchment Area

North East 

Curriculum

Outcomes for learners focus on increasing their social and economic inclusion. The College offers a responsive and flexible curriculum which allows learning to be personalised within a broad and diverse learning offer.  The College believes that what a learner aspires to do after further education informs what they learn within their FE programme.  The curriculum continues to prepare learners for life and work in a multicultural society.   English and mathematics is contextualised and embedded within meaningful activities to promote confidence and independence.  The college has a range of innovative social enterprises such as bespoke wedding invitations, confectionary and a community based shop.

Specialist Facilities

A range of vocational workshops including; car maintenance, woodwork, textiles, hairdressing salon.  Access to occupational therapy and physiotherapy.  Extensive community links with employers and housing associations that support transition and preparation for adulthood.  Links with local GFE Colleges and third sector providers. 

Highly effective Positive and Proactive Support (PPS) that is accredited by BILD. In-house PPS trainers and functional behaviour analysis to support learners to develop self-regulation strategies and minimise behaviour of concern.

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Gallery

The learner is in a cookery session.  The learner is using a set of scales to weigh the flour and a spoon to lift the flour from the scale.
The learner is in a maths session.  The learner is measuring a section of paper with a ruler and marking the required length with a pencil.
The learner is working in a supermarket as part of their supported internship placement and with staff support is checking stock levels.
The learner is working in a garden centre as part of their supported internship placement.

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