Independence study programme

Who is this for?

Would you like to move towards a more independent future? On this course, our team will support you to become more independent and confident in all areas of your life. Sessions will involve life skills and interpersonal skills to help you prepare for your future.

What will you learn?

At the heart of everything we do at College is Building Confidence, Developing Independence and Supporting Achievement for our students.

On the Independence programme, we will work with you to understand your aspirations for a more independent life, and help you to develop the skills needed to reach those goals. You will have opportunities for lots of learning experiences including practical skills such as shopping and cooking. You will explore your creative side, build your academic knowledge and develop your vocational skills.

What’s next?

You may decide to stay at College to complete our Employability programme or progress to living more independently.

Gareth's story

Since starting Henshaws Specialist College Gareth has followed the Independence study programme focusing on developing the skills to become more independent and develop lifelong learning skills in preparation for adulthood.

Gareth’s learning journey

When Gareth started college he was a very quiet and shy young man and with support from college staff and from working with his peers he is now maturing into a much more self-assured young man.

He has weekly Speech and Language Therapy sessions along with group sessions including music, sports and PSHCE. These have helped him to increase his level of self-confidence and he can now recognise his ability to interact positively with others.He is progressing well with maths and English accredited qualifications.

Gareth is a residential student and has transferred the skills he has been learning in the classroom to the residence and also to his home environment in areas such as cooking, cleaning and shopping, including money management.