Learning and Accreditation
The young people will have an individualised learning programme that includes social and academic learning. Goals will be set by the young person and by St Patrick's, this collaboration and personalisation should lay the foundations for a positive engagement in the project tailored to the young person’s individual and changing needs.
Accredited learning will be sourced that best suits the current needs and future development needs for successful transition into post 16 study or employment. St Patrick's is passed by the JCQ and is now an official examination Centre. St Patrick's uses AQA, ABC Awards and NOCN for its accredited qualifications.
AQA: Entry 3 - A Levels personalised to the choices of every young person. A maximum of 3 options subjects per school year - this does not include Maths and English. These will be studied alongside options subjects.
ABC Awards - Art, Design and Creative Studies. This is the perfect qualification to engage the students into artistic and creative ways of working, skills and methods who have a flair for art but may not be on a long term placement or would like to add an additional qualification to their art studies in preparation for education or employment post 16. This is studied at Levels 1 and 2.
NOCN: SETPD. The Young Person will be encouraged to work towards the Diploma Qualification. We offer Step Ups at Entry and Level 1 and 2 for Award, Certificate and Diploma.
NOCN: Functional Skills. Numeracy and Literacy Functional Skills can be studied and examined at entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3. Examined and studied for Levels 1 and 2.
The value of activities and study will be enhanced and promoted through the connection to real life and how the process and outcome relates to the world of work and post 16 learning.
Each young person will have their own working portfolio and achievement portfolio. These portfolios will contain the evidence for formal assessment and assessment for their learning journey detailing their achievements in social interaction, taking part in activities, personal goals and information and guidance they have gathered to assist them in making the right decision for them at post 16. For those young people not working on accredited courses and concentrating upon their social, personal and career development these successes and progress will be celebrated through a specialised social and personal development portfolio.
A range of experts and partner organisations will be employed to deliver current and key issue topics such as drug and alcohol awareness and safety, relationships, bullying, mental health and employment. These sessions may lead to and towards further qualifications and awards.
A range of delivery methods will be used to suit the variety of different learning styles that young people have. Activities will include practical, visual, audio, demonstrations, industry link experts, discussion and traditional study in order to maximise engagement and enhancement of learning.
To ensure the best possible delivery and enhancement of learning is taking place staff will be monitored and observed by senior staff.
Weekly meetings will underpin any issues and provide a development session in order to improve learning provision. At these times the young people’s feedback from activities will be consulted and used where appropriate to enhance lesson and session delivery. Portfolios will be moderated internally each half term to ensure each young person is making progress and the portfolios meet the external exam criteria.
Staff will undertake training to boost their session delivery skills and improve the quality of sessions. Subject specific training will be given and sourced in order to extend the range of courses offered to the young people. Internal training to share good practice amongst staff will also take place every fortnight. Senior staff will lead these sessions.