New College Lanarkshire has been recognised as a Centre of Excellence for its inclusive curriculum.
The College received the honour from curriculum development organisation ASDAN in recognition of outstanding practice.
ASDAN (Award Scheme and Accreditation Network) is a Bristol-based educational charity that offers programmes and qualifications that grow skills for learning, employment and life.
It awards Centre of Excellence certificates annually to schools and colleges who are achieving good outcomes for students with special educational needs and disabilities.
Regional staff from ASDAN nominated New College Lanarkshire because of its record on employability skills and training for students with additional support needs.
John Furness, Director of National Operations for ASDAN, said: “There were only nine centres who were awarded a Centre of Excellence in Scotland in the last year and we have around 2,500 ASDAN-registered learning centres across the UK and internationally, so that’s how highly we regard a centre that receives a Centre of Excellence certificate.
“By giving out a certificate, we are building a network and supporting practitioners because supporting each other is key to what we do here at ASDAN.
“It’s good to reward schools and colleges who go that extra mile by giving them that recognition.”
New College Lanarkshire delivers a number of ASDAN courses, including Towards Independence, which formally rewards small steps of achievement leading towards an overarching goal.
The modules and subjects covered ensure that all students have the opportunity to develop personal, social and independence skills that they can apply in everyday life and possibly use to enter employment.
In addition, New College Lanarkshire, in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council Social Work, provides the opportunity for students to achieve ASDAN’s Employability Award while also participating in a work experience placement.
This successful and innovative partnership ensures that students are successfully developing skills for learning, life and work that they can continue to build upon once they have completed the course.
The Faculty of Supported Learning also plans to make greater use of a garden and polytunnel at our Motherwell Campus to expand the environmental and vocational course provision in the future.
David McShane, Head of Faculty of Supported Learning, said: “New College Lanarkshire and ASDAN have enjoyed a positive working relationship for many years now and the staff of the Faculty are honoured to have their hard work and commitment to rewarding achievement acknowledged.
“This award is a fantastic accolade for the College, its students and staff, particularly in the Faculty of Supported Learning.
“We aim to deliver a curriculum that is inclusive of everyone’s needs and fulfils the right of every individual to a life-long learning experience.”