Valley College

Valley College is a specialist independent sector college offering continuing education for young people aged 19 to 25 with additional needs
The college provides learners with individualised curricular and appropriate levels of support.

Address:

Valley College
Ewood Campus
Clod Lane
Haslingden
Lancashire
BB4 6LR
  • Course Length (weeks):
    39
  • Residential or Day:
    Day
  • Start Time:
    September
  • Maximum Number of Students:
    20
  • Age Range:
    19 – 25

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General Description

Valley College is a specialist post-19 provision which caters for young people with severe or moderate learning difficulties. Each learner has an EHC plan. Learners are working between Entry Level 0 and Entry Level 1.  The college serves a range of generic learning difficulties including Global Developmental Delay, Autism, Down Syndrome, Moderate and Specific Learning Difficulties. At this time the college is unable to meet the needs of learners with complex medical and physical disabilites due to the current location and building environment. 

Our vision is to create an educational hub that delivers personalised training and support to help young people with special educational needs to:

  • Control their own lives and develop their ambitions
  • Become valued employers, employees and members of social groups and communities
  • Engage in meaningful work-related learning and develop their enterprise skills
  • Get a job and live independently
  • Secure the best possible post-school outcomes

Catchment Area

CATCHMENT - We are a provider located in the Rossendale Borough of East Lancashire accepting learners from the Rossendale, Hyndburn and Blackburn with Darwen local authority areas. 

Curriculum

Pathway to Independence - minimum 1 year - maximum 3 years 

Course Content - Living in my community; Independence in my home; My personal growth; My working life

Functional skills (communication, cognition and information technology) will be delivered through all elements of the course.

Pathway to Employability - minimum 1 year - maximum 3 years

Course Content - Contributing to my community; My own place; My health; My work skills

Functional skills (communication, cognition and information technology) will be delivered through all elements of the course

Pathway to Employment- 1 year course subject to interview

Course Content - Citizenship; Self sufficiency; Staying safe and healthy; Employment skills

Functional skills including accredited English and Maths will be delivered discreetly and generalised across the course.

The Valley College provision and curriculum is designed around the concept of PACE: Preparation for Adulthood, Citizenship and Employment. Its local, small nature allows bespoke solutions, responsive to learner needs, with opportunities to develop sustainable independence and employability.

Specialist Facilities

The College has a dedicated demountable building comprising of 2 large classroom spaces, a resource area, a meeting room and office space. In addition, the College has a fully equipped independence flat with a through lounge diner, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Valley College learners also have access to a multi-sensory environment, and on-site cafe open to the public. There is also an on-site Speech Therapist. The college works with a wide range of employers to provide work experience opportunities suited to individual needs.

We are in the process of developing a shop that will be open to the public as a retail training facility. 

Other Information

OTHER

The College sits under The Sea View Trust which comprises of 3 primary schools (1 special), 1 special school (aged 3 -19 years) 1 inclusive nursery and a National Teaching School.  The Trust shares skill sets and expertise accross all provision.  Training and CPD is provided to meet the needs of everyone within the organisation.  The Teaching School runs an ITT programme where staff can access further training. As a teaching school we have over 6 Specialist Leaders in Education, 10 Specialist Practitioners of Education and 1 National Leader of Education.  The majority of teachers within the trust hold a post graduate degree wihin an area of specialism.  We have wide community links across the Rossendale Valley who provide support and employment opportunities for our learners.

  • > Our expertise

    We have expertise in meeting the needs of students with:

    • Moderate learning difficulties
    • Severe learning difficulties
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Asperger syndrome
    • Expertise in meeting the needs of students who have specific learning difficulties
    • Communication difficulties
    • Acquired brain injury
    • Emotional difficulties
    • Mental health needs
    • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • > Our curriculum

    We offer:

    • A programme to enable students to learn more about themselves and how to form relationships
    • Opportunities to follow vocational qualifications
    • A programme to help students to look after themselves more independently
    • A personal development programme
    • Opportunities to experience real work situations
    • Opportunities for work experience
    • Opportunities to improve literacy, numeracy and/or communication skills
    • Opportunities to attend local further education colleges with support
    • Opportunities to develop strategies to promote appropriate behaviour
    • A transition programme into supported or open employment
    • Opportunities to take part in a range of business activities
    • Opportunities to prepare for work after college
    • A transition programme into independent living
    • Opportunities to improve communication skills such as the use of Makaton, Bliss, symbols or objects of reference
    • Opportunities to improve and develop communication skills through the use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication aids
    • Opportunities to use and develop information technology skills
    • Opportunities for students to participate in community activities and to learn about citizenship
    • Opportunities to experiment with sound, touch, smell and sight in order to aid learning
    • Opportunities to take part in a wide range of social, leisure and sporting activities
  • > Our specialist services

    • Extensive use of assistive and adaptive technologies
    • In-house speech and language therapy
    • Specialist training to enable independent travel
    • Specialist staff to meet personal care requirements

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