Our ‘Smart-Ways’’ programme is intended for post-16 learners who have an EHCP. Aimed at young adults who would enjoy the range of music and arts activities we have on offer, we can offer a high degree of flexibility and attention to the needs and interests of the individual. We know that everyone has a mixture of talents together with things they find harder, and we pride ourselves on how we enable people to thrive, not only meeting but also surpassing their learning goals!
We differentiate our programmes to accommodate learners of the full ability range from entry level upwards. As a registered exam centre for RSL - we deliver music qualifications appearing in performance tables at Level 1,2 and 3 that have equivalency with GCSEs and A levels. We have pathways for young people within our School of Rock and Pop, our School of Urban Arts and Sounds, our School of Drama, and our Life-Skills School which offers courses in: Film Studies, Independent Living Skills, Electronics/Metal Work/Woodwork, Cooking, and Access to Music and Art. Each programme lasts approximately 14 hours per week spread over three or four days, with additional English and Maths Functional Skills provided by York Learning where appropriate. It is possible to mix and match between pathways.
We have the capacity to quickly respond to whatever local and national restrictions may be in place due to the UK lockdowns/tier systems, and can safely meet the necessity for good social distancing, learner bubble systems in rotation, enhanced cleaning regimes etc when learners are on-site. At the same time, we maintain attractive and engaging virtual learning programmes that either combine with the on-site elements to provide a cohesive package of individualised learning, or can be taken exclusively if preferred, so that learners can study entirely at home. Whilst we cannot predict what the situation might be in the future ,which could range from a total lockdown with paused on-site delivery, to even being able to increase the proportion of on-site time, we are extremely flexible, and firmly focused on what we can do, how we can best connect, and how learners can make progress