Learning for All

Learning for All

Learning for All

Our broad Learning for All programme offers courses throughout Buckinghamshire, supporting adults with additional needs to develop independent living and work skills in a collaborative and creative environment.

• gain independence
• enhance their employability opportunities
• develop their communication skills
• develop their decision making and problem solving skills
• engage with and participate in the community
• have the opportunity to maintain physical and mental well-being
• develop English, maths and digital skills
• gain confidence to make friends and develop social skills
• acquire skills which have a positive impact on their everyday life

Our dedicated tutors and learning support assistants provide a personalised learning journey for every student that is challenging, varied and fun. All we ask from you is commitment.

For more information, email us on albs@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or call 01296 398957.

We are currently providing courses online in the following subjects:

  • Art and wellbeing
  • Cooking on a budget
  • Developing Communication skills through drama
  • Digital skills
  • Everyday English and maths
  • Getting ready for work and volunteering
  • Movers and shakers
  • Sewing and textiles

Please let us know which course(s) you’re interested in and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

Email albs@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or call 01296 398957 to speak to a member of our team.

Select your interest
Art and WellbeingMusic countsDeveloping Communication skills through dramaEveryday EnglishEveryday mathsMovers and ShakersSewing and TextilesCooking on a budgetGetting ready for work - catering and retailGetting ready for work - digital skills


Art and wellbeing

Man holding up a piece of craft made in an ALDD class

Course aims and content

This course is for learners with additional needs who have an interest in developing their skills in art and the process of being creative.

This course aims to increase your knowledge and skills of Art by including some of the elements of art (e.g. colour, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value) and principles of design (e.g. balance, scale, contract. pattern, movement and rhythm, emphasis and unity) through set activities and projects that result in the creation of your own artwork. It also aims to support your health and wellbeing through the process of exploring, developing and creating in the activities set and with the creation of your own ideas.

During the course you will:

  • Explore different art techniques
  • Discover the work of well known and practicing artists and art movements
  • Create 2 dimensional (2D) and 3 dimensional (3D) artwork
  • Create artwork using a range of materials and methods
  • Evaluate different art pieces
  • Recognise how art plays a part in wellbeing
  • Discover, develop and create your own style and ideas

Developing communication skills through drama

Learners with props for the NutcrackerCourse aims and content

This course aims to explore drama.

It is for adults with additional needs who have an interest in writing plays, doing role play, interacting with others, making props and doing a performance.

During the course, and working at your own pace, you will:

  • Use a variety of different materials and cover a range of activities
  • Follow a sequence whilst acting or dancing
  • Show that you can work with others to write a play
  • Demonstrate that you can take part or film a piece of video
  • Demonstrate that you can say how you could improve your play
  • Take part in simple drama routines that have been used across the world.

Movers and Shakers

Man and woman in ALDD movers and shakers class

Course Aims and Content

This course aims to explore creative ways to support your health and wellbeing through craft, games, dance and gentle exercise.

During the course you will:

  • Make a selection of craft items following spoken instructions and a demonstration
  • Take part in games and activities that support social and communication skills
  • Support you to learn exercise techniques to practise at home
  • Identify the importance of warming up and cooling down when we exercise
  • Learn a variety of dance movements and sequences
  • Work with others to create choreography
  • Explore the positive effect of exercise on your health and well-being.

Music Counts

Course Aims and Content

This course aims to explore and develop your maths and communication skills through music.  You will explore musical styles such as classical, country and western, blues, reggae, and many more. Discover new bands and try some musical instruments. You will explore maths

It is for adults with additional needs who love music and want to learn more about it.

 

During the course you will:

  • Develop your everyday maths skills through music
  • Show that can follow one simple tune when playing an Instrument of your choice
  • Identify the styles of two types of music
  • Listen to and respond to one piece of world music and identify the country it comes from
  • Evaluate a piece of music to say why you like or don’t like it
  • Work together in a group to make a piece of music and record it.

Sewing and textiles

Course Aims and Content

This course is for learners with additional needs who have an interest in developing their skills in sewing.

During the course you will:

  • Be able to hold a needle and use scissors safely.
  • Sew basic running stitch and learn a new stitch or stitches.
  • Follow three simple instructions.
  • Create various textiles projects.

Everyday English

Man holding an ipadCourse aims and content

This course aims to develop your everyday English skills that can be used at work, home and in the community.

It is for adults with learning difficulties and or disabilities.

During the course you will:

  • Improve your reading, writing, speaking or listening
  • Improve your speaking and listening skills in everyday situations
  • Write the letters of the alphabet using upper and lower cases
  • Create short texts using simple sentences and basic punctuation
  • Use grammar and punctuation to help make your writing clear
  • Spell some personal key and familiar words correctly
  • Use spelling methods to learn how to spell common words
  • Read a simple text and identify the main points, responding appropriately
  • Use a computer to type simple texts
  • Use a website to access information
  • You will work from your own starting point and at your own pace.

Everyday maths

Course aims and content

The course aims to help you get started using numbers in everyday life. During the course, in a tutor led environment with practical exercises, you will develop skills for daily scenarios, such as:

  • shopping, eg: adding the cost of items and understanding offers
  • planning activities, eg: reading weather reports and comparing prices
  • managing tasks at home, eg: reading an electricity meter and following a recipe
  • managing money, eg: understand coin values, numbers on a bank statement or debit card
  • travelling, eg: working out a bus or taxi fare, tips

Is this course for me:

You do not need any qualifications to attend this course. This course is for learners with additional needs who lack confidence with maths and numbers and do not hold a level 2 qualification. The course is for learners who want to develop basic skills to be able to use maths in practical situations in everyday life.

If you have a learning disability or any worries about your reading or writing please tell us as soon as possible so that we can arrange extra help for you in the classroom.

Cooking on a budget

Course aims and content

This course aims to explore and develop your maths and communication skills through different cooking methods and daily living skills including; planning meals, selecting and weighing ingredients, budgeting and paying for ingredients and exploring ways of working safely when in the kitchen.

It is for adults with additional needs who wish to develop their cooking, maths and communication skills.

During the course you will:

Build confidence in following instructions, preparing meals and carrying out health and safety routines. You will consider different methods of the measurement of ingredients.

In a tutor-led environment through demonstrations and practical exercises students will learn to:

  • Choose, plan and prepare simple meals
  • Weigh, measure and compare ingredients
  • Explore the cost and payment of ingredients using a range of money
  • Recognising ways of keeping safe in the kitchen.
  • You will work from your own starting point and at your own pace.

Getting ready for work - catering and retail

Course Aims and Content

You will explore the skills needed to be ready for work. You will help plan meals and menus, select and budget for ingredients as well as explore ways of working safely when in the kitchen. You will learn about key employability skills and how to communicate successfully using the computer and iPad.

During the course you will: 

  • Understand good timekeeping and attendance
  • Explore why health and safety in the workplace is important
  • Identify skills and interests that can lead to job opportunities
  • Follow instructions and completing two simple tasks
  • Explore different ways to travel to and from work safely.

Getting ready for work - digital skills

Course Aims and Content

You will explore the skills needed to be ready for work. You will learn to communicate both verbally and in written form using technology.

During the course you will: 

  • Learn about key employability skills and how to communicate successfully using the computer and iPad.
  • Understand good timekeeping and attendance
  • Explore why health and safety in the work place is important
  • Identify skills and interests that can lead to job opportunities
  • Follow instructions and completing two simple tasks using technology
  • Explore different ways to travel to and from work safely.

What our learners say:

“Coming to my class has helped me meet new people and build my confidence” Claire

“I am doing a cookery class and have learnt how to make lasagne which is my favourite” John

“When things are not going well and you are feeling lonely you always have class to look forward to. Making friends and learning something new helps you feel better about yourself.” Sam

“Everything is online even making an appointment to see a doctor. Coming to class is helping me learn how to use a computer and to be able to contact friends and family.” David

“The cookery class is fun as well as helping you learn new recipes and how to budget.” Maria