Lifelong Learning

MacIntyre offers a broad curriculum to Learners, we deliver learning in a wide range of vocational, work-based and community settings.

Individual Learning Plans (ILPs):

ILPs are created using person centred approaches developed to meet the needs and goals of individuals. Plans are reviewed regularly on an individual basis and all achievements, great and small are celebrated. The process involves goal setting, learning delivery, support and review, recording achievements and celebration.

ILPs identify:

  • learning styles or preferences
  • prior learning
  • likes & dislikes
  • motivators
  • cultural aspects
  • any barriers to learning

The starting point is always the long-term goals of the individual. We can then identify what skills, knowledge and understanding an individual needs to work towards their goals. The Individual Learning Plan identifies shorter term objectives that provide smaller steps of learning towards longer term aspirations.

Learning for people with complex needs:

For people with more complex learning disabilities it is important to recognise skills that will enable individuals to lead a more fulfilling life, providing opportunities for skills to be learned and transferred to a range of other settings.

To support this principle, we have developed three key learning areas:

  1. Communication
  2. Maximising Independence
  3. Participation, including developing relationships

We have highly regarded ‘communication best practice guidelines’ that support staff to develop useful communication profiles and identify alternative communication systems such as: signing, using symbols or objects to develop communication skills.

Learning opportunities & qualifications:

Throughout the wide range of services we provide, Learners are given the opportunity to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. These include National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ’s) and Open College Network (OCN) Qualifications.

Partnership working is an essential part of our approach to Lifelong Learning. We have several partnerships with local Adult & Community Education teams and General FE Colleges. Some of our partnership work involves external tutors delivering learning to individuals or groups within our services. We have also developed partnerships with Local Learning and Skills Councils.

Telephone 01908 230100 Email hello@macintyrecharity.org