Post 16 - College Provision
At Post 16 we provide opportunities for pupils to develop a wide range of skills. Teachers are encouraged to use appropriate programmes of study that suit the pupils individual needs. The Essential Skills Wales Framework is used to inform planning. Individual targets are taken from the objectives of each pupil’s statement and termly targets are set from these. Basic skills are learnt through Number and Communication sessions. Pupils also access weekly ICT sessions where they can learn and refine their ICT skills.
We use a variety of programmes and interventions such as Agored Cymru Units, Duke of Edinburgh Award and W.E.S.T. (Wales Essential Skills Toolkit)
We also have the Youth Engagement Participation Service (YEPS) deliver lessons on a number of topics that affects young people in their everyday life, such as; sex related education, alcohol, social media and keeping safe online, handling money, drug awareness and positive relationships.
Our curriculum also offers Physical Education, Careers and the World of Work, where our pupils participate in Carpentry, hairdressing, Painting and decorating and restaurant work. Pupils in Years 13/14 will have the opportunity to experience the world of work and will be placed in a work experience placement tailored to the interests and skills.
Our pupils access music production and creative arts as well as having opportunities to develop their social and independence skills during transition to Coleg y Cymoedd Nantgarw campus.
Lessons are delivered using modern, emerging technology and applications and pupils are encouraged to use ICT whenever possible.
When appropriate, we encourage peer supported learning to develop communication, working with others and social skills. We also present the pupils with challenging activities to develop their problem solving and thinking skills.
All pupils over the age of fourteen have access to advice from a specialist careers officer. This person meets our pupils and staff at certain times during the year to discuss their future intentions and choices until it is time for them to leave school. They are also present at Annual Review meetings to advise and inform our pupils and their parents. Pupils access external work experience in a number of venues which have been thoroughly risk assessed beforehand.
We would like to reassure parents that their child will have a place in further education or training provision when they leave school. Parents will have the opportunity to discuss future provision with our Careers Advisor. They may attend a college of further education, a work placement scheme or have access to the many opportunities offered by Social Services. We hold a Careers meeting every Autumn Term and invite representatives from training providers.