Blended Curriculum

Ascent Autism Specialist College’s Blended Learning pathway offers a flexible and personalised approach to education, combining online and face-to-face learning to support and enhance meaningful interaction between students and teachers, while also promoting independence, collaboration and self-advocacy.

What are the most important benefits of Blended Learning

Ascent autism specialist college offers specialist education for students aged 16 to 25 with autism, co-occurring diagnoses and additional complex needs. Our students require a bespoke package of support to engage with their learning on multiple levels.

At Ascent, we provide highly specialised teaching and learning support to ensure each student’s needs are understood and we exceed their EHCP outcomes. One of our curricula offers a Blended Learning pathway.

Specialist Staff

The strength of our specialist staff’s relationship with our students is essential to Ascent’s success. Our offer of a Blended Learning curriculum ensures we engage and enable students by identifying what motivates them, what they’re interested in, their strengths, and aspirations and then applying this to determine bespoke educational pathways. Our students have high levels of individual support, meaning that learning opportunities are experiential, purposeful and specific.

Blended Learning

Blended Learning is an educational strategy that combines conventional onsite education with online/virtual learning. The Ascent approach to education and learning is flexible. It can offer those students for whom onsite learning requires an extended transition time a blend of an enriched virtual model alongside a face-to-face model onsite in college or at home.

The Ascent Blended Learning model has many advantages; through the systematic integration of online and face-to-face engagement, we support and enhance meaningful interaction between students, teachers and differentiated resources. Students can work ‘independently’ and at their own pace online but still have access to the personal attention of a specialist teacher and specialist teaching support assistant, accessing the knowledge and resources Ascent provide inclusively to all their students. At the same time, specialist teachers and teaching support assistants can structure bespoke courses and deliver instruction more flexibly or creatively than in a traditional classroom setting.

Blended Learning – the benefits:

  • Facilitate information delivery
  • Increases motivation, confidence, self – esteem
  • Enhances students’ independence
  • Creation of personalised educational activities
  • Collaboration between specialist staff and students, promoting social inclusion
  • Providing online personnel development opportunities for the digital world of work
  • Create conditions for self-advocacy and inclusion
  • Counter negative perceptions of SEN, supporting students accessing the education curriculum and enabling those with SEN to achieve their full potential

Parents and Professionals

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