Toynton Hall, Main Road, Toynton All Saints, Spilsby, PE23 5AE, Lincolnshire
Linkage College is an independent further college providing a specialist learning experience to young people with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities. It’s part of Linkage Community Trust, a registered charity established in 1976 to meet the needs of young people with learning disabilities who required further education, support and training to realise their potential for independence and employment.
Being an independent college means that we are able to follow our own curriculum based on the particular needs, aspirations and abilities of the learners. Our aim is to provide an education which enhances life opportunities, promotes independence and prepares learners for adulthood in the most appropriate way for them.
We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach so each learner has an individualised study programme which is completely unique to them. Our full and broad curriculum focuses on learning by doing and includes:
Personal and Social Development - PSD is about supporting learners to gain confidence, self-esteem and the skills they need to lead a confident, healthy, responsible, safe and more independent life as they transition into adulthood. The skills developed will help learners to take an active role in their everyday life, their community, workplace and/or educational settings. Topics covered include:
- Social interaction and communication
- Personal hygiene
- Managing money
- Travel safety
- Basic life skills like cooking, cleaning and the general running of a home
Vocational Subjects - We have a range of courses which are able to be studied as a qualification or a RARPA subject. RARPA stands for Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement and is a non-accredited learning programme. It provides a structure through which the progress and achievements of learners are measured against personalised goals.
Functional skills - like maths, English and ICT
Enrichment – We offer a wide range of activities which enrich the academic curriculum to support learners to build confidence, develop new skills and interests and uncover hidden talents.
A strong careers and employability programme – Careers education, work experience, employability and workplace learning is a big part in what we do at Linkage. We aim to raise the aspirations of our learners by encouraging and supporting them to get real-life experience of working and the workplace. From work-experience opportunities on-campus and in the community, through to supported internships which lead to paid employment, we help learners gain the skills and confidence they need to get work-ready.
With this mix we’ve seen Linkage learners, with varying degrees of learning disabilities, achieve academically and personally in ways they and their families could only previously have dreamed of.