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. The ASD spectrum can present as a challenge in an educational setting where the outcome needs to be predicted in a given time-frame. During education, children adapt to do what is required of them but those with ASD may be less acommodating of this expectation and they also may lack to skills to rationalise and communicate their feelings. Many thrive in schools but others, that need to learn at their own pace in a context to which they relate or in an environment that is peaceful, where they are not constantly bombarded by external stimulii or by new information without the time to fully process it - may struggle to cope. We can focus on intrinsic motivation, paced by the learner. It is important to develop life -long -learning strategies and to come to terms with how we function best. "Know thyself". 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 communication skills but by making use of modern technology they are still able to achieve rewarding outcomes. For some, the SEN 'label' is a hinderance to self esteem particularly where they lack an underlying confidence in other abilities. If we discover and celebrate what they can do well, they will be better prepared to tackle their challenges. Home Educated children join in with specific activities such as 'Think0nauts' and the result is a very positive, fun, learning experience for all.
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