The Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network (ASDAN) is an internationally recognised awarding body. It offers a wide range of curriculum programmes for all abilities, mainly in the 11-25 age groups.

Oaklands is registered as an ASDAN centre and is currently running the ASDAN New Horizons, Transition Challenge and Towards Independence Awards.

New Horizons is an activity-based curriculum resource which supports the delivery of PSHE, Citizenship and Careers Education. The activities also offer an opportunity to develop communication and numeracy skills in a life skills setting.

The Transition Challenge modules provide a framework of activities to develop and accredit independent living and personal skills.

Children & young people can undertake activities with as much support as necessary; this offers progression and a smooth transition into learning using Towards Independence.

The Towards Independence Programme has modules encompassing Skills for life, work and learning for young people in the Senior Phase at Oaklands School.

Young people follow a programme of study incorporating Towards Independence modules based on their individual timetables. Currently at Oaklands pupils are working towards modules in Horticulture, Mobility, Sports and Leisure, Personal Care, Sound Rhythm and Music, Independent Living, Developing Communication Skills, Out in the community, Going to College, Engaging with the World Around Me and Meal Preparation.

Both Transition Challenge and Towards Independence are moderated at an external moderation event in the summer term. New Horizons is moderated internally at presents. Pupils who have completed modules will receive certification at the Whole School Celebration event in June.



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