Scotland’s first complicated wants faculty appoints Head of Faculty

New Head of Faculty hopes long-awaited opening can be “first of many”

SCOTLAND’S first devoted complicated wants faculty has appointed its inaugural Head of Faculty forward of courses beginning this month.

Liz McConnachie will take the reins at Functionality Scotland’s Corseford Faculty in Renfrewshire because it prepares to welcome its first consumption of 15 college students to the campus.

The brand new Head of Faculty has been working to develop a sound curriculum which is able to help college students with disabilities and whose wants can’t be met in mainstream faculties.

Liz comes with a wealth of expertise in Senior Management in Scotland’s additional schooling sector. She has additionally spent the final variety of years within the Center East having arrange one of many First Feminine Technical Faculties in Saudi Arabia while working alongside its authorities.

She additionally hung out in Abu Dhabi, UAE, as senior management in vocational technical faculties together with specialist authorities initiatives to help the event of post-16 particular schooling vocational coaching, and particular schooling wants employees abilities improvement, benefitting a whole bunch of scholars.

Now, the brand new Head of Corseford Faculty is trying ahead to the primary 12 months of the Scottish Authorities backed specialist provision, and hopes it will allow and encourage many amenities to open across the nation.

Liz stated: “This faculty is an absolute necessity for younger individuals all through a lot of Scotland that require further help in additional schooling.

“Whereas there are very admirable provisions in place in Scotland’s faculties, complicated particular wants are usually not accommodated for and we’ve got discovered that many younger individuals fall by the wayside after finishing faculty as a result of there isn’t any additional schooling provision that may immediately cater for his or her wants.

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“The federal government’s backing of Corseford Faculty is welcomed and we should now display how and why comparable setups are required in different components of Scotland. The preliminary work we do right here will amplify the necessity for this modification within the Scottish schooling sector.”

Corseford Faculty is being launched and operated by revered charity, Functionality Scotland which has already invested £250,000 into the venture – with an additional £316,000 now pledged by the Scottish Authorities.

The school will open in a newly refurbished wing of the charity’s current Corseford Faculty Campus, close to Johnstone in Renfrewshire.

Programs will deal with serving to learners between 18-25 years to grasp literacy, numeracy and tech abilities, in addition to communication and interpersonal abilities, well being and wellbeing and grownup transition. The curriculum will ship artistic experiences, bodily improvement, and impartial residing abilities.    

A lot of specialist faculties function in England and Wales, together with 46 with the same mannequin to Corseford Faculty. Nonetheless, the shortage of provision in Scotland has seen 51 younger Scots with complicated wants transferring to England for specialist additional schooling previously 5 years.

Liz believes the power can be transformational for the people and households who’re enrolled on to the faculty; the faculty will present tailor-made scholar help and specialised care planning in addition to its curriculum providing.

Liz added: “Dad and mom will see this as a lifeline for his or her children. As a mother or father you naturally fear about what will occur to your youngster after secondary schooling, however we’re providing a reputable resolution that can present lifelong studying alternatives and set them up for the long run.

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“We hope to alter these younger individuals’s lives and provides them alternatives that aren’t presently obtainable to them.”

The principle social hub of the faculty can be a scholar bistro, created as a part of the circa £250,000 refurbishment. The campus can even provide sensory suites, a specialist hydrotherapy pool, rebound remedy utilizing full-sized trampolines and out of doors studying areas, together with horticultural polytunnels for all-weather gardening.

It’s hoped the launch of the faculty will assist the Scottish Authorities to ship on its Younger Individual’s Assure, which pledges to attach each 16-24-year-old with a job, apprenticeship, additional or greater schooling, coaching or different alternative.

The plan for Functionality Scotland, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2021, is to extend to 25 college students in 12 months two’s consumption. The charity already delivers exemplary care, help and schooling for disabled youngsters and adults throughout Scotland.

To view the total Corseford Faculty prospectus click on right here.