Forest College

Post 16 Transition Programme

The Forest College Transition programme is a 30 week that programme runs for one/two days per week within the college academic year.

This programme is designed to support post-16 learners to transition into mainstream college over a period of one academic year.

Success in post 16 mainstream education is better achieved when young people are positive about themselves and their abilities. Some students need extra support and time before they are able to have a successful transition to further qualifications and mainstream college life.

This programme is based on research and specifically designed to encourage relaxation, lower anxiety and build resilience. Time spent outdoors lowers cortisol levels, lowers blood pressure and stimulates the immune system. Our courses are personalised for individuals to develop confidence, independence and employability skills. This is done through a range of bushcraft and creative crafts activities both individually and as part of a team.

Our students work in small groups of 8-10.  There are no formal qualifications in the programme and very little time will be spent on paperwork or traditional learning.

The programme will run on Mondays (1 day per week) throughout the Autumn term, and will build up to two days per week (Mondays and Wednesdays) from February half term. The second half of the programme will include transition visits to other curriculum areas, some English and maths and use of college transport (as appropriate) in order to build confidence and the next progressive steps back into mainstream college.

All outcomes are based on “compassionate classroom” principles, this means we work with our young people to achieve the following:

  • Create a physical and emotional safe space
  • Establish predictability in terms of routine and behaviour expectations
  • Build a sense of trust
  • Offer choices and empowerment
  • Stay regulated – help young people to be able to learn and to be the best that they can

The programme is designed to be flexible, to engage young people with learning, and to promote resilience and self-belief. It is a 30-week programme, but because there is no formal qualification, it is possible for students to enrol later in the academic year, or to have a long transition onto the programme if required. We will support our students to achieve relevant outcomes on their Education, Health and Care Plan. The college day starts at 9am and finishes at 4.30 pm.