What we try to do:
We try to provide a facility that encourages children, many of whom have learning disabilities such as ASD and dyslexia to develop their creative and innovative skills. We work with local schools and training organisations to meet the terms of EHCPs.
Children love to learn but if they feel continually frustrated in some way this can lead to behavioural problems and anxiety. Many thrive in schools but others need an alternative provision to learn at their own pace without pressure. They may need a context to which they relate to others or an environment that is just peaceful, where they are not constantly bombarded by external stimulii or by new information without the time to fully process it. We focus on intrinsic motivation that is paced by the learner. Through this we can help to develop life -long -independent learning strategies, confidence and courage. Our activities guarantee success whilst allowing extension and personalisation. D&T is a subject that has in the past been central to national educational thinking through plts (personal learning and thinking skills) and our nation needs innovative thinkers!
Our inspiration is the Christian teaching that children are each precious and each one of them matters to the One who created them. As in a body -all parts are vital and so each child should grow up knowing they have a role and a part to play. We are intolerant of unkindness and bullying. We all contribute by being helpful, cooperative and encouraging towards one another.
Learning Disabilities or Extraordinary Learners?
Many children with 'special educational needs' are extraordinary learners in other ways. They may struggle with social or communication skills, perhaps with fine motor skills but by making use of modern technology they are still able to achieve rewarding outcomes and feel part of a group of friends. Our CAD CAM system facilitates very high achievement on any scale and our teams of students with an array of 'learning needs' can be competitive with universities and colleges on even ground. For some, the SEN 'label' is a hinderance to self esteem particularly where they have other augmented skills that are not adequately celebrated. We seek to discover and celebrate what they can do well, so that they will be better prepared to tackle their challenges.
Our mission is for all children to reach their potential through a recognition and celebration of their abilities and through learning strategies that will last them a lifetime. To this end, Time and Space Learning is:
centred on the holistic needs of the learner in discovering who they are, how they learn and how to connect with others.
focused on engendering courage, emotional intelligence, confidence and a personal strategy for life long learning, trusting them with decisions about their learning
generous with resources - time and space
Photos: Steph and Tolly