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Teaching resource - All regions - 24 Mar 2020
ASDAN is giving away free, downloadable resources to support distance learning and educating. These resources, ranging from working towards Entry 1 to Level 2, are aimed at educators and learners as well as their parents and guardians, where appropriate, and can be accessed on our website.
School Examples - All regions - 09 Oct 2019
Following the launch of the Department for Education's 'My activity passport' for children aged under 11 last year, a special school in Southport has created its own version titled ‘40 things to do before leaving Merefield’. ASDAN has worked with Merefield to turn the school’s activities into free, downloadable Adventurer and Explorer Award booklets. The resources can be used by educators and parents of learners with special education needs and disabilities (SEND).
Blog - All regions - 27 Sep 2019
The Gatsby benchmarks have prompted much discussion on a crucial aspect of education for young people with SEND – how prepared they are to enter the world of work. Simon Lawrence, ASDAN’s Head of Business Development and Communications, provides a list of engaging activities aimed at helping learners develop their employability skills.
Blog - All regions - 25 Jun 2019
The personalised learning approach for students with additional needs in today’s education sector is a given. But what’s perhaps less certain is the activities centres can deliver to ensure high quality tailored provision. Simon Lawrence, ASDAN’s Head of Business Development and Communications, provides some suggestions.
Blog - All regions - 19 Jun 2019
Government guidance on sex, relationships and health education will soon be published and become statutory in September 2020. Mike Randall, Head of Curriculum Development at ASDAN, reflects on what this means for young people and how ASDAN will support schools to meet the requirements.
Blog - All regions - 06 Jun 2019
ASDAN's innovative Lift Off programme is the only course of its kind that supports students to make a successful transition. The programme develops learners’ soft skills and builds self-esteem, helping them thrive in secondary school. ASDAN has created two free supplementary Lift Off resources focused on addressing key issues relating to young people around the time they are dealing with transition: using a phone responsibly; and travelling to school independently.
Blog - All regions - 08 May 2019
"Art has been a massive part of my life since I was a child, so when I was asked to review the content of the Expressive Arts Short Course I couldn’t wait to get started," says Jemma Davies, Design and Creative Manager at ASDAN. In this blog, Jemma shares her favourite five challenges from the new course and outlines why arts education matters.
Blog - All regions - 16 Apr 2019
All schools have groups of students that do not fulfil their potential – the cause is often disengagement with the education system. Mike Randall, ASDAN’s Head of Curriculum Development, who has 20 years’ experience as a teacher, provides his top tips on motivating young people.
Teaching resource - All regions - 08 Mar 2019
One of the aims of ASDAN's Gardening Short Course is to develop an awareness of how gardening promotes a healthier lifestyle and can have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing. ASDAN has created a free calendar of gardening tasks and ideas for each season, with links to challenges from the Short Course – it’s the perfect way to plan gardening activities that will help improve young people’s mental health and wellbeing all-year round.
Teaching resource - All regions - 28 Jan 2019
The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) has been one of our most popular courses since the qualification was first introduced in 2004. We get lots of positive feedback from our centres about CoPE, so we are giving away free teaching and learning resources to celebrate a course that continues to boost young people’s essential skills, motivation, confidence and self-esteem.
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