Our head, Richard Fraser, instigated a meeting of school and college staff to discuss further education for post 19-year-olds with profound and multiple learning difficulties. It was vital both to devise appropriate, accredited courses and find suitable premises.
I had to find a framework for the courses. Working with staff from Buckinghamshire Open College network, we used a questionnaire to consult with parentscarers and young adults with learning difficulties. Then, with speech therapists and physiotherapists, I wrote two GNVQ programmes, in communication and hydrotherapy.
These have both been accredited and should be offered at the college in September. Three more programmes - in music therapy, art opportunity and access to information technology - have been written and are awaiting accreditation.
In a franchise arrangement with the local FE college an area of our school's premises, including our new hydrotherapy pool, has been dedicated to these courses, which will be co-ordinated and staffed by the college.
For more information contact Redway School, Whalley Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Bucks MK3 6EN. Tel: 01908 370000