Segal Gardens offers a comprehensive 'wider education' facility (shown to the right) which promotes individual development and growth. The facility is an aspect which we are very proud of in view of the potential and opportunies it creates. Our 'wider education' incorporates specifically tailored pathways and clear tangible outcomes which embrace inclusion, empowered choice and success.
In addition to this, we offer an accredited association with the ASDAN programme. We currently offer two programmes based on 'Towards Independence' and 'Bronze / Silver Award Programme' but the programme is extremely adaptable to meet all needs and aspirations. Segal Gardens is a registered centre for the delivery of the ASDAN curriculum and our programme is delivered by qualified on site personnel.
ASDAN is a pioneering curriculum development organisation and an internationally recognised awarding body. ASDAN offers a wide range of curriculum programmes and qualifications for all abilities, mainly in the 11-25 age group. ASDAN is a unique and successful initiative that has been developed and managed by teachers and lecturers, alongside a dedicated and highly efficient administrative team. The stated purpose of ASDAN is "to promote the personal and social development of learners through the achievement of ASDAN Awards, so as to enhance their self esteem, their aspirations and their contribution to the community".
ASDAN is approved by DfES, QCA, DELLS and CCEA
ASDAN Programmes and Qualifications are:
- Relevant to a variety of contexts including schools, colleges, training provision, probation, voluntary and social services
- Approved by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES)
- Referred to in the Dearing Report as examples of good practice in the context of "Recognising a Wider Range of Achievement" and "Improving Skills in Lifelong Learning"
- Recognised by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS) in relation to HE entry
- Acknowledged by over 140 Institutions of HE which formally recognise their value for entry purposes
- A way of delivering "self reliance, flexibility and breadth through fostering competence in key skills" (NTETs)
All ASDAN Programmes and Qualifications have a number of common features:
- They are learner centred, offering opportunities for a negotiated curriculum which is modular and activity based
- They encourage candidates to develop responsibility for their own learning through a process of action planning and review
- They assist in the personal and social development of the individual through a focus on Key Skills for which the QCA (Qualifications Curriculum Authority) national standards provide a template for assessment and accreditation
- They recognise achievement across the school/college curriculum, as well as in the home, the community and the world of work
ASDAN qualifications are approved by the Secretary of State under Section 96 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000.