To empower our students to be actively involved in decisions relating to their futures

To equip learners with the employability skills required to access the world of paid employment, supported internship, social enterprise involvement  or volunteering opportunities

To ensure that learners have the independence skills required to access the community as independently as possible

To develop skills that permit young people to live in the home as independently as possible

To prepare our young people with the social skills and opportunities that reduce the risk of them becoming socially isolated into their adult lives

To create a positive and safe learning environment that will encourage learners to pursue their educational aspirations

To collaborate with the young people to develop strategies that encourage a positive mind set and better understanding of their own mental health needs and the needs of others



Role of the Student Council to promote student voice in College and inclusion of rights and responsibilities of young people as core elements of the curriculum


Young people to be actively involved in attending their own EHCP meetings and developing action plans for their futures

Access to a range of meaningful supported and independent work experience placements and employer encounters throughout their time at College and links to careers in every curriculum area so learners can understand the relevance of what they are being taught

Development of household skills, opportunities to access the community and supported travel training programme that includes an extensive risk assessment of individual needs and vulnerabilities

Access to social enterprise to develop awareness of team work skills, communication, customer service and enterprise skills


Use of social enterprise as a social networking vessel that reduces potential for social isolation of our young people

Bespoke timetables where learners study independently and acquire knowledge of the subject areas that they want to pursue in the future rather than becoming disaffected in studying subjects that they have little interest in pursuing for their future careers/ study goals

Introduction of Mental health on the curriculum so that learners develop a better understanding of their own mental health needs, the needs of others and what support they require; strategies to best support with those requirements

Access to a range of pastoral support options:

  • Key person

  • Family liaison

  • Counselling

  • Supporting attendance into College

  • Supporting applications for bursaries, benefits (PIP, Universal credit etc)

Contact: 0191 487 4595 / enquiries@cedarstrust.org.uk / Cedars Trust, Ivy Lane, Gateshead, NE9 6QD